Invite your baby over to your house for dinner...

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When I first walk in a room to work with a new mom and her breastfeeding infant, whether it is in her hospital room or her couch at home, I can almost instantly assess what the challenge is. Most often it is the latch. How many times do we hear that? Make sure the baby has a good latch!! Well how do we do that? Part of the problem is pillow positioning, hand positioning and posture. Sounds too simple, right? Well, when a new mom is feeding her baby, she gets this ginormous dose of oxytocin, which can help relax her and make her sleepy as she continues the feed. If a mom is holding her newborn up to her breast, as the feeding goes into 10, 20 or even 45 minutes, what is the likelihood her arm is still going to have the baby at breast level?! By creating the perfect space to feed her baby, 2 pillows or 7, breastfeeding pillow or foot stool, we can make sure the baby is in line with the mom’s breast. How often is your infant laying on the pillow and you find yourself leaning forward to place your nipple in your baby’s mouth? We are so accommodating as mothers. Let’s say our nipple lays a little lower and to the left, but baby is in the middle. We will try anything to compress the breast and take our nipple to our baby! But that can be part of the problem!!! When you let go of the breast, that nipple wants to start sliding back to the lower left. So you may end up holding your breast the entire feed! Then you find yourself staring at the clock because your wrists are going to sleep and you feel strain in your shoulders. Bring your baby to you! Make sure that wherever your nipple is, your baby’s mouth is. They should be in the same field, so that when the baby opens their mouth wide, you can gently and VERY QUICKLY bring your baby on to the breast. This allows the baby to create that vacuum needed to pull the milk through efficiently and without causing you pain. Your comfort is the most important. When you go on a trip you hear, "place the oxygen on yourself first before placing oxygen on your children." This same theory holds true in breastfeeding. Before you start feeding your baby, go empty your bladder. Grab your water and a snack. Have your Netflix remote handy and your phone. And make sure you have all the pillows you need, or breastfeeding pillow of your choice, so that you can be comfortable and prepared for that feeding. Taking simple steps to insure your comfort can sometimes make all the difference in the world for a positive breastfeeding experience.