Breastfeeding is the most natural nutrition for your child. But just like the right breathing techniques during child birth, breastfeeding has to be learnt.
What to pay attention to when breastfeeding?
- Breastfeed your baby whenever he/she is hungry. That signals to your mammary glands to produce more milk. This way, the amount of milk adapts to the needs of the child.
- Always let your child empty one breast first: if it is nearly empty, the fat content of the milk increases. Your baby needs this milk rich in calories in order to put on weight. Always offer the other breast afterwards, though.
- Be careful that your child doesn’t just suck on the nipple – it will easily become sore – but really only offer the breast when it is hungry. The mouth should cover most of the areola when drinking.
- Don’t pull the child away from the breast – it will hurt you. Push your little finger between mouth and nipple to release the suction pressure. Then the child can easily be taken off the breast.