Breastfeeding is a process that takes time to master. Babies and moms both need to practice. The more milk your baby removes from the breasts, the more milk you will make. Try to avoid giving your baby a pacifier or artificial nipple. This will help your baby learn how to latch to your breast and your breast only. You can introduce a pacifier after your baby has learned how to breastfeed effectively (usually 3-4 weeks). UAMS will not give your baby a pacifier. If you wish to give your baby a pacifier before breastfeeding is well established, then you will need to bring your own to the hospital.
Attaching to Your Breast Correctly is Important!
- Ensures that the baby gets enough breast milk
- Ensures you have enough milk for your baby
- Prevents nipple soreness, pain and damage
Note: Some babies latch right away. For others, it may take more time and practice.
An effective latch:
POSITIONS: Find the Right Position for You and Your Baby
Some moms find that the following positions are helpful ways to get comfortable and support their babies, in order to get a good latch. You may want to use pillows to give you added comfort and support. Sometimes one position may work better than others. Just keep trying different positions until you and your baby are comfortable.
Clutch or Football Hold
The World Health Organization (WHO) recommends breastfeeding exclusively for the first 6 months of your baby’s life. Exclusive breastfeeding means your breast milk ONLY. When your baby is 6 months old, you can introduce first foods approved for your baby’s age, like cereal. WHO recommends that you continue to give your baby your breast milk for up to 2 years of age and beyond.
There are risks involved in giving your baby formula. Formula feeding can make your baby less content with breastfeeds. It can make it easier for your baby to get sick and can decrease your milk supply. Formula should only be used for medical purposes.
FOR UAMS LACTATION SERVICES OR INFORMATION ABOUT OUR BREASTFEEDING SUPPORT GROUP, PLEASE CALL 501-526-3558