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Breastfeeding is the healthiest source of nutrients for babies. This is because breast milk has antibodies that protect babies from viruses and bacteria. Breast milk is also very nutritious, and reduces the risks of flus and asthma among babies. That is why more and more moms are trying to learn more about breastfeeding positions.
Allergies are also a reduced threat to the babies who breastfeed from mothers. Babies also tend to have less inflammation issues when they are being breastfed for six months and more.
Breastfed babies are less likely to be hyperactive as they grow up to age two or three.
Regardless of these facts, it is not rare – nor is it really common for babies to have reflux.
What is a Reflux and Why are Certain Breastfeeding Positions Needed?
Reflux is caused when the food gets pushed back up, forcing the baby to spit or vomit the ingested food or milk. This is due to the uncontrollable muscles on the top of a baby’s stomach to stop the food from going back up the throat. Babies mostly drink milk, which serves as their food as well, and it is easier for the milk to cause a reflux for being liquid.
While it may not be a threat to the baby, worst case scenario is that it could be a sign or symptom to an issue with your baby. In a more positive note, the baby may just have a mild reflux. Their digestive systems just happen to still be processing the methods of digestion and is adjusting to the said activity.
The reflux in babies do not last and is expected to lessen its occurrences as they hit their 18th to 20th month. The reflux does not continue after these months.
Compared to an adult’s reflux, a baby’s reflux is more common among the babies and holds no serious risks.
If your baby is one of the babies that have reflux, there are breastfeeding positions for them. These breastfeeding positions are good for keeping the reflux at a minimum, comforting the baby and making the mess easier to clean.
Note: There are certain times when a baby may spit or vomit voluntarily; while smiling or laughing, giggling or having fun. This may be a psychological sign than a medical concern.
It is important to know the different breastfeeding positions. It is not just for common knowledge or comfort. Knowing the different breastfeeding positions is an advantage when you know your baby is going through something and you need a good solution for their peace and comfort.
These breastfeeding positions we will be discussing is very beneficial for the babies that have reflux. While it does not cure the situation, it will be very helpful in minimizing the reflux, vomiting and spitting of the baby.
When you are about to breastfeed your reflux baby, you will have to make sure you are familiar with the basics of breastfeeding.
Basic Breastfeeding Positions:
For starters, make sure you are comfortable. You may stand up or sit down, but make sure you are also comfortable when you get into the breastfeeding positions.
When you are ready, make sure your baby lying close to you. The face of your baby should be facing your breast before it feeds, with the inner, opposite side of your elbows supporting your baby’s head. The feet can be placed lower than the level of the head.
When latching your baby onto your breast, make sure you have the baby in a position that doesn’t drown him or her while breastfeeding.
When you are latching your baby onto your breast, guide your breast to the mouth or the chin of the baby to initiate breastfeeding.
The Breastfeeding Positions for Reflux Babies
The Cradle Breastfeeding Position
The Cradle requires you to have your baby lying sideways while the baby’s body is touching your body as well. One arm arm is supporting your baby’s head, while the other arm is supporting the legs and the butt of the baby.
You can remove your hands from supporting your baby’s butt and legs from time to time. You can do this to adjust your breast, change your child’s position or clean your baby’s mouth.
The Cross-Cradle Breastfeeding Position
The Cross-Cradle breastfeeding position is the commonly taught position to the mother by nurses or midwives at the hospital.
This position requires the mother to use the left arm to support her breasts, and the other arm to support the baby. While in the Cradle breastfeeding position, the mother is basically focused on the baby with both hands.
The Upright Latch
The Upright Latch requires the mother to almost put the baby in a sitting position. In this position, the baby will be facing the mother before latching on to the mother. Though, the baby will need plenty of support to make sure that they are safe. For older babies who can sit down and support themselves, this would be a perfect breastfeeding position.
These three breastfeeding positions mentioned above are very helpful positions for babies who have reflux.
Take note that when babies have reflux, it would not be a great idea to have them lie on their stomachs. It is also not very nice to sway them around too much, especially when during breastfeeding.
After breastfeeding your baby, make sure you help them burp to keep their tummy gas-free.
We hope this post has brought you the knowledge you need on breastfeeding positions for your reflux baby. Make sure to keep in touch by leaving a comment below. Keep smiling!