B is for Breast Compressions & Breast crawl

Using breast compressions in breastfeeding

Babies are hardwired to breastfeed. After birth babies exhibit over 20 neonatal reflexes that help with breastfeeding. Some of these reflexes move the baby to the breast and others help baby attach and get milk from the breast. Click on the link to read a great blog post by scarymommy.com and watch the video on the breast crawl. https://www.scarymommy.com/breast-crawl-newborn/

Breast compressions are an important thing for all new moms to learn.

Sometimes when you are nursing your precious bundle they will start to drop off to sleep before you feel that they might be finished. Breast compressions can help to wake up a sleepy baby by giving him or her a bolus of milk to stimulate more breastfeeding. They can also help to more thoroughly empty the breasts which will in turn help to make more milk. Watch the following video to see how to do breast compressions. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wBrLYhABUlM

I am purposefully keeping these blog posts short if possible so that you won’t feel that you have to read through scads of words before coming away with something you can hang in your mental file folder.

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