Why are feeding cues important for breastfeeding success?
Recognizing early feeding cues lets mom and her little one get ready to breastfeed. When this new little person is starting to get hungry and starts to show cues, you have a little time to help mom get ready. Encourage mom to get in a comfortable position, with a glass of water nearby, some pillows, and whatever else she needs or likes to do to help relax and breastfeed. It is so much better to do all of this before her baby starts crying frantically and is hard to settle, let alone too upset to latch on well.
What should you look for? (and, teach mom, dad, siblings, family and friends to look for)
- This new little one is putting his or hands towards, or in his or her mouth
- Someone is sticking out their tongue, over and over again
- He or she is moving their head back and forth, maybe trying to latch on. If a family member or friend is holding the baby, they may notice and state, “someone is looking to eat”.
Here’s some more breastfeeding tips to help get your new moms off to a good start, https://s22825.pcdn.co/wp-content/uploads/2016/10/Helping_Your_Baby_Take_the_Breast_English-1.pdf
Written by: Pamela K. Murphy, PhD, MS, APRN, CNM, IBCLC
Nurse-midwife, lactation consultant, OB nurse, educator, healthcare administrator, mother & wife