Joplin, MO- It's a special time for a new mom, but breast feeding can be very frustrating if everything doesn't go just right, starting with how the baby latches on. Freeman Lactation Consultant Arldean Alejandro said, "There's a wrong way and a right way - the wrong way is when baby is just on the nipple and that can make momma very sore. So we teach mom how to ge the baby to open the mouth wide, how to tilt their head just right, make sure the tongue is down."
Also, "Changing the baby's position - there are different holds for breast feeding and changing those pressure points helps. Making sure she supports her breast with her other hand."
And, "I teach them to put the baby skin to skin and leave the baby there. And then when the baby starts to wake up and is ready to eat that's the optimal time to start."
And that frustration can start right away since most babies don't eat for the first 24 hours. Added Alejandro, "They feel like they're a failure. And that's why we need to get ahead of that."