Breastfeeding is beautiful and natural. But many of us have never seen a nursing mother and baby. This is where breastfeeding photos come in handy. This can make it difficult to learn the art and techniques associated with good nursing techniques like the proper latch and breastfeeding positions. By using good positioning with breastfeeding you can help avoid nipple pain and other breastfeeding problems.
As more and more mothers choose to initiate breastfeeding, it becomes very important for them to learn how to breastfeed. A good childbirth class can help you get the basics of breastfeeding. This is usually done in the late second or early third trimester of your pregnancy. Many hospitals also offer a specialty class on breastfeeding.
Some of the specialty classes on breastfeeding can include topics like breastfeeding a premature baby, choosing a breast pump, breastfeeding returning to work, and how to properly store breast milk. These are all very important things for various families. Having a great breastfeeding class may be a little bit more difficult to find. You may not be able to tell the difference between a good breastfeeding class and a less than ideal breastfeeding class.
You should also seek support for your breastfeeding experience. You should have both ways support from your friends and family as well as professional support from a lactation consultant. I highly recommend that you find local support groups of other mothers were also breastfeeding. This can be extremely helpful in answering the day-to-day questions that arise when breastfeeding.
One thing you will notice in these photos is babies that are a variety of ages and stages. Breastfeeding is something that is not time limited to just very small babies. The America Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) recommends that moms exclusively nurse until their child is at least six month of age. At that point one can begin to add in solid foods like fruits and vegetables. They recommend that a mother continue to breastfeed until at least one year of age. The World Health Organization (WHO) recommends a minimum of two years for babies to breastfeed. Remember, the way a newborn nurses is not the way a toddler nurses. This is because of the many benefits of breastfeeding for both mom and baby.
How you breastfeed a two year old looks is vastly different than a nursing newborn. This means different holds and positions to aid in the comfort of mom and baby.
Using breastfeeding photos is one way to see a baby nursing. You can look at various ways to breastfeed, like seeing a variety of positions used to keep mom and baby comfortable. You can also see how to hold your hands, or not. You can look at the clothes women are wearing while they nurse. All in all it's a great way to get an education about breastfeeding.
The mothers in these photos have graciously allowed us to take a peek into their world. Please be kind and respectful when using this gallery.
Enjoy these photos!