Baby sucking and breastfeeding positions

Baby sucking and breastfeeding positions

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The baby suction it is a process learned within the womb, that is, when babies are born they already know how to breastfeed. At around 16 weeks of pregnancy, the fetus swallows amniotic fluid and at week 20 the sucking reflex appears; but the two reflexes are not coordinated until the 32nd week of gestation. And it is precisely for this reason that premature babies born before these weeks are not able to feed themselves.

We speak of a correct suction, when it allows the baby to feed without causing discomfort or pain to the mother; while a suction is incorrect when as a result of it we have cracks in the nipples, pain, little weight gain, irritability ...

We can also talk about nutritious suction, which is one whose purpose is to feed the baby; and a 'comforting' suck, when the baby uses the breast as a 'pacifier' to calm down or feel secure. We must not despise, or try to eliminate the latter, since it is an optimal opportunity for the mother to caress her child, talk to him, sing to him ...

Our son, like all baby mammals, is capable of reaching the breast and initiating lactation by himself, if we allow him to. It has been seen that, in terms of the baby's attachment to the nipple and breast, it is better if we let it arise spontaneously, without using techniques. We can 'give him a hand', holding the chest between the thumb and forefinger, and let him find it and grab it himself.

These signs can help the mother identify a good latch:

1. The baby's chin and nose are close to the mother's breast.
2. The baby's lips are everted, especially the lower one, well bent down.
3. The baby's mouth is wide open.
4. There is more areola above the baby's mouth than below.

There are many positions, all of them valid, and even recommended, since combining them allows all the ducts to be properly emptied, and to avoid the possible appearance of mastitis. To assess whether the position is correct, we can be guided by the following:

1. The baby's head and body are in a straight line.
2. The baby's face is facing the breast.
3. The mother keeps the baby's body close to her.
4. If the baby is a newborn, the mother wraps him in a hug. It doesn't just hold you by the head and shoulders.

At first, the suction is rapid and superficial, which stimulates the breast milk ejection reflex. After about a minute switch to slow, deep sucks, with pauses in between. The normal rhythm of a newborn's sucking is chained cycles of 10 to 30 sucks, in which the baby breathes normally without having to interrupt the suction. The normal thing is that, if there is environmental silence, you can listen to him swallow for a few minutes in each feeding, while observing a wide jaw movement.

In addition, the mother who is breastfeeding will be able to see that:

1. The baby's tongue is under the areola.
2. Movement is observed at the point of articulation of the jaw.
3. The cheeks do not sag, but look round and full.

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