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The Art of Breastfeeding: A Bonding Experience Beyond Measure

Updated: Dec 25, 2023

Breastfeeding is not just a biological process; it's an art form that fosters a profound connection between mother and child. In this blog, we celebrate the beauty of breastfeeding, exploring its physical and emotional benefits for both mom and baby. From the science behind breast milk to the magical bond it forges, we shed light on the art of nourishing your little one naturally.

Discover practical tips on mastering the art of breastfeeding, overcoming common challenges, and creating a serene breastfeeding environment. Whether you're a first-time mom or experienced in the realm of motherhood, this blog aims to empower you with knowledge and inspire confidence in your breastfeeding journey.

The most important part in seeing your baby grow, develop and smile is breastfeeding. I cannot stress the importance of it, but also just know ahead of the time that it lasts for a very short period of time. This process is worth every second of your time, as it will have such a long term consequences in the development of your little ones. 

Newborns will breastfeed for a minimum of 6 months and once solids are introduced they will spend less time breastfeeding.

At the very early days it can be hard, especially when you are back from the hospital after birth as we are not sure what we are doing, but it is important to learn how to breastfeed, and once someone has shown you right position, it is a very easy and simple process.  

Another journey when breastfeeding can be difficult is during the periods of growth spurts but if you go through some of the difficult days it gets easier and easier day by day.

I have heard many moms give up breastfeeding since it is very hard, and their nipples are cracked, or they often say “I don’t have enough milk” but this is all because the positioning is wrong from the begging. In order to be successful in this journey, make sure your little one is held in the upright position while eating, you are holding their heads close to your nipples so they can latch and digest easier.

The more your newborn eats or spends time on the breast the more milk you will start producing and then there will be plenty of milk produced for your little ones.

I cannot stress how important the position of your baby is, as well as that your baby takes in a full breast, rather then only a nipple and I can guarantee you that you will have enough milk and be successful at this journey.

Please do reach out if you would like me to share or guide you how to position your baby to be a successful mom feeding your little one. 

Step-by-step guide to latching on

This guide shows you how to latch your baby onto your breast in 6 steps.

1. If you are starting to breastfeed on the left breast you need to hold your breast with your left hand. Your nipple should be in the range with baby nose, so your baby can smell the breast and open the mouth wide.

2. Bottom lip of your baby should be very close to the nipple so your baby can grab it properly.

3. With your thumb finger slowly position your nipple into the mouth of your baby

4. With your thumb finger it is important to press above your areola so you can help your baby with the breast feeding and milk flowing.

5. When your baby starts latching you can then relax your hand and watch your baby eating cutely.

6. You should never feel the pain in this process and if you do you need to position your baby properly once again. You should feed the pleasure in breastfeeding rather than the pain, so it is important to recognize when your baby is feeding effectively. After your baby is done with the first breast, make sure that you press your breast gently for a milk to come out so you can take the extra milk and spread it over the nipple. This will prevent you having cracked nipples. 

Successful breastfeeding tips are:

1. If your baby pee’s often

2. Has a yellow poo often 

3. Is satisfied after the feeding

4. Is gaining on weight regularly 

Breastfeeding steps created by Dr. Izeta Softic, MD

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