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Breastfeeding Positions

Preparing for Breastfeeding

Your body would have started preparing your breasts to produce milk ready for breastfeeding during your Pregnancy – sometimes as early as 16 weeks into Pregnancy.  The first milk that will be produced is Colostrum which contains a high density of protein, salts, antibodies and other vital nutrients but has less fat and calories than later milk.  The Colostrum will be around for a few days before starting to transition into thinner whiter breast milk which is referred to as ‘your milk coming in’ about 72 hours after delivery.  At this time your breasts will swell and can become very firm.

The nutritional value of the breast milk will adapt to meet the needs of your growing baby and ‘Responsive feeding’ is recommended where you feed your baby according to their needs.  This will enable a more relaxed breastfeeding pattern rather than trying to force your baby to feed and follow healthy eating principles.

Your nipples do not need to be ‘toughened up’ which is sometimes believed and activities such as rolling or stretching the nipple before hand may actually harm the tiny glands in the areola that are responsible producing a milky fluid to lubricate the nipples before feeding and in fact result in the nipples being more sore.

There is no need for lotions to be used as they are not necessary and can clog pores.  If wanting something to soothe irritated nipples the recommendation is a Purified form of Lanolin which is a Salve.

Finding the breastfeeding positions that work well for you and your baby is down to practicing the different ones and finding which help you to feel relaxed in Breastfeeding and successful in having a good latch.

The different positions are described below with also video with Alona Hodik who is a highly experienced IBLAC Lactation Consultant who shows the different positions for Breastfeeding including her personal favourite.

Remember if finding it difficult consulting a Lactation Consultant, Doula or Midwife with experience in Breastfeeding can help resolve any difficulties you are having.  

Summary of Different Breastfeeding Positions

Koala Position For the Older Baby

koala hold

A great position for when they get bigger ie about 5 to 6 kilos and their legs tend to dangle.  Make sure to bring your baby to your breast and not learning forwards and are comfortable.

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