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West Bank Breastfeeding Support

Breastfeeding is a convenient and natural way to provide your baby with the nutrition it needs. However, just because it’s natural doesn’t mean it always comes easy. Many women have trouble getting their babies to breastfeed, which is why many birth centers, including West Jefferson Medical Center, offer breastfeeding support services.

Breastfeeding benefits

Breastfeeding your child is a personal choice, one not all mothers do. That said, there are numerous benefits to breastfeeding. Breast milk contains the vitamins and nutrients your new baby needs and it is easier on their digestive system than a store-bought formula. Natural breast milk also contains antibodies that help strengthen your baby’s immune system. Research has shown that breastfeeding can also help prevent SIDS (sudden instant death syndrome).

There are benefits for moms as well. Breastfeeding helps shed off pregnancy weight, heal the uterus, and lower risks of ovarian cancer and osteoporosis. You will also save money on bottles and baby formula.

Positioning your baby

Have you ever thought about how you will hold your baby while you feed them? There are three widely-used breastfeeding positions designed to help mother and child feel comfortable and relaxed.

The primary breastfeeding positions include:

  • Cradle Position – In this position, you will hold your baby’s head in the crook of your elbow with his belly pressed up against your body. You can wrap your other arm around your baby’s head to support their head and neck.
  • Football Position – Strange as it may sound, holding your baby like a football is one of the more popular methods of breastfeeding. You place the baby along your forearm with their hand and neck supported by your palm. Women with sensitive stomachs or those who are recovering from a cesarean birth often use this position.
  • Side-lying Position – If you’re feeling tired and need to lie down, the side-lying position will allow you to rest while feeding your baby. In this position, you lie down and hold your baby close. When your baby latches, you can support their head with your hand so that they can feel comfortable while feeding.

Be patient, it’s not always easy!

Difficulty breastfeeding is very common. We have seen many mothers become distraught when they have difficulty breastfeeding, but this is nothing to be ashamed of. Every baby is different and not all of them will have an easy time figuring out how to latch. It is not a statement about your or your child, it’s just something you can both learn together. Be sure to sign up for our breastfeeding class for help from experienced lactation specialists.