Breastfeeding a baby doesn’t have to hurt. Physiotherapists point to comfort and ergonomic postures as keys to avoiding any type of pain or injury during breastfeeding.
Immunization for the little one, protection against cancer or cardiovascular diseases for the mother: breastfeeding has countless benefits beyond the consolidation of the mother-child bond. But How should you breastfeed the child? Are there better and worse positions while breastfeeding?
From the Professional College of Physiotherapists of the Community of Madrid (CPFM) it emphasizes the importance of comfort and position for breastfeeding infants. Because, as the general secretary of the organization points out, Carmen Mar Rodriguez, breastfeeding doesn’t have to hurt.
“Breastfeeding doesn’t have to be painful, although it’s not always easy: the sessions are long and it’s very important to have the right ergonomic posture to avoid possible muscle pain or even injury. One of the most at-risk areas is the back,” says the expert.
Recommended positions during breastfeeding
With this premise, the own CPFM facilitate a series of postures with the intention of avoiding any discomfort to the mother:
- Sitting, with the back completely relaxed and the feet supported. This posture protects against pain lumbar and cervical. The baby’s head must rest on the forearm which will be supported well on an armrest or a nursing pillow, so that it is not the mother who holds the weight of the baby and the arm is not overloaded.
- Lying on her side, resting her head on a pillow. In this way, the mother will only have to hold the baby’s back. In this case, the child and the mother must be placed “belly to belly”, so that it is the baby who comes to the breast and not the other way around.
- To achieve good alignment/suction… The baby’s nose must match the nipple. Thus it achieves an extension of the head that facilitates the vacuum for suction and swallowing. The baby opens its mouth by inserting the nipple and part of the areola.
- The child’s lips should be everteds (turned outwards). Especially the lower lip bent down and the nose and chin stuck to the mother’s chest.
Benefits of breastfeeding
one 47% of Spanish mothers decide to breastfeed naturally to feed their babies in their first months of life, of which one 29% do it exclusively. A low figure if the recommendations of the World Health Organization (WHO)which advises that all mothers who can breastfeed their children, at least until six months of life.
And it is that the benefits of breastfeeding they are huge, for both mother and babies:
- Creation of a connection and a mother-child bond.
- It provides the nutrients necessary for proper development.
- immunize against numerous diseases in infants and significantly reduces visits to hospital emergencies.
- For mothers it means an important protection against some types of cancer (breast, uterus) and diseases cardiovascular.
When to start breastfeeding
To get one adequate rise of milk that allows you to maintain breastfeeding from the beginning, you need to start it early, just give birth. The dams must be frequent i no time limitanticipating the baby’s cry, so that he does not get nervous and swallow air.
The message they emphasize from the CPFCM is that breastfeeding does not have to be painful or annoying. If breastfeeding hurts, we have to reposition ourselves, look for other postures.
The beginnings of breastfeeding may not be easy. It is a process of adaptation. In this regard, experts recommend consulting the pediatrician or the midwife or go to a community breastfeeding support group.
But if what you want is to prevent or treat muscle pains to the mother or suction problems to the baby, the answer is to the physical therapist.