The average Nigerian woman decides to breastfeed or wants to breastfeed. I am not talking exclusively just breastfeeding in general but I find that most have difficulty with establishing a steady milk supply and hence have to stop breastfeeding before 6months or have to introduce formula to breastfeeding. One of the things that affect achieving a steady milk supply is not getting your baby to latch properly on to the breast. So I asked a new mum just some minutes after delivering if she could breastfeed, all the relatives in the room were like “ahan! What type of question is that of course she can breastfeed” I knew it sounded like a stupid question but I knew what I wanted to achieve, I told her to breastfeed and like I guessed she wasn’t getting the baby latched on well, if I left her to continue that way she was on her way to getting sore nipples in days. Breastfeeding is natural, yes but it also something that takes times and practice to perfect.
Latching is one of the basics of breastfeeding and it getting it right early helps to make your breastfeeding journey as smooth as possible. It is also very important as it prevents your nipples from getting sore and ensuring you get a steady milk supply. I would give a few steps to help you in getting the latch right.
It is important that you are very comfortable and position your baby appropriately, you can use nursing pillows to help with comfort (use any other pillow if you don’t have a nursing pillow).
Steps to getting the latch right
Don’t rush it, it would take time as you and your baby are just getting to know each other, it takes constant practice and your confidence would go from zero to hundred.
I hope this has been useful to you if you do encounter and problems don’t be shy to reach out to me I would be happy to help you. Sharing excites me please share, like and comment.