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Breastfeeding may be a natural thing, but that doesn't mean it comes naturally. Women have been breastfeeding their babies since the beginning of time. That doesn't mean, however, that it's something that just happens on its own.
At this point in time, it's safe to say you've probably seen at least one of your friend's boobs. That's because new moms are beginning to flood Instagram, Twitter, and Facebook with selfies taken during breastfeeding sessions. After all, what else is there to do while baby eats?
You may need to try a few breastfeeding positions before finding a favourite that works best for you and your baby. Check out our picture gallery for inspiration. The laid-back breastfeeding position, also known as biological nurturing, 1 is often the first mums try. Skin-to-skin contact helps stimulate his feeding instincts, while gravity helps him to latch on well and keeps him in place.
While tandem nursing got a little crazy, logistically-speaking, for Lucy AitkenRead and her two girls, she wouldn't have had it any other way. I'd have a foot in my armpit and a knee in my neck. Finally, there'd be a peaceful three minutes of sweet gulping and then the 2-year-old would be climbing on my head!
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The sacrifices that we feel we should do in order to create this bond. I want to share more than a pretty breastfeeding picture for worldbreastfeedingweek. We forget that mothers still prolong breastfeeding passed the basic 6 months time doctors recommend. We need to hear how much we lose our breasts when we choose to breastfeed, they never go back to the pre-pregnancy or pregnancy ways.
Over the past decades, evidence for the health advantages of breastfeeding and recommendations for practice have continued to increase. WHO can now say with full confidence that breastfeeding reduces child mortality and has health benefits that extend into adulthood. On a population basis, exclusive breastfeeding for the first six months of life is the recommended way of feeding infants, followed by continued breastfeeding with appropriate complementary foods for up to two years or beyond.
Once you learn the basics of how to hold your baby for breastfeedingthese photos can help you with all the basic nursing positions. Lactation consultants usually recommend starting out with the crossover hold and the football or clutch hold for the first few weeks as you get a hang of things. Hold your baby's head with the opposite arm of the breast you'll be nursing from, with your wrist positioned between your baby's shoulder blades. Pinch the spot above and below your nipple where your baby's nose and chin will touch, compressing your breast so baby can more easily latch on.