25 Feb 2022 | 5 min Read
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Breastfeeding is the most natural way to feed your baby. It ensures your child’s survival, and learning about breastfeeding latching techniques can further ensure this.
In fact, the World Health Organisation (WHO) also recommends that a mother breastfeed her baby exclusively for six months as breast milk is the ideal food for infants as it is safe, clean and contains antibodies that protect the infant against many common childhood illnesses. Additionally, it can provide all the energy and nutrients that the infant needs.
Studies also show that breastfed children perform better on intelligence tests, are less likely to be overweight, and less prone to diabetes later in life. Besides, women who breastfeed have a reduced risk of breast and ovarian cancers.
Breastfeeding is only possible when your baby has a good latching. This is how your baby attaches to your breast to feed.
A good latch is a key to successful breastfeeding. Hence, it is important for you to make sure that your baby is properly latched.
A good latch is important as it allows your baby to feed freely. If they are latched properly, you will have a good supply of milk and your baby will get a good feed. Plus, your breasts and nipples will be comfortable.
Specific nursing positions can help your baby latch on properly. From crossover to football, here’s a guide to help get started.
According to experts, the following tips can be kept in mind while breastfeeding:
While supporting the little one’s head and shoulders as he/ she looks for your breast, don’t force the latch. Doing so would make them cranky and they would not intake the breast milk.
Experts suggest the following steps that new mums can follow for a good latch:
These are some of the ways to help your baby latch on properly.
You will know you’ve got a proper latch if your baby’s chin and the tip of the nose are touching your breast. The lips flanging out like a fish instead of being tucked in is also a signal of a good latch.
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