Protea Nursing Services is a private nursing and midwifery practice founded by Sr. Victoria, a registered nurse and midwife. Protea Nursing Services provides clinical care in both the comfort of your own home or in a clinical setting, depending on your needs.

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A video of a home birth Sr Victoria assisted with

Note: Permission to use the video on this site has been obtained from the parents.

Some #Tuesdaytips on how to latch a baby. It's important to note that these are merely tips and guidelines and all babies are different. Try some of these tips and find what works for the two of you. 💕

1. Sit comfortably.
This is one of the biggest factors that most women overlook. When you are relaxed, oxytocin is a hormone that flows freely, which is important as it help the breastmilk to flow from your breasts. Baby wil also latch easier if they can sense you are relaxed.

2. Try different positions.
There are so many different positions that you can breastfeed in and often healthcare providers wil guide you, but you need to find a position that works for you and baby. Often baby prefers a different position on your right breast than on the left.

3. Align the body
Baby should face the breast, but their body should also be in a straight line: ear, shoulder and hips aligned. If baby has to turn their head to breastfeed, often they will suck for a while and stop when their neck gets tired.

4. Tummy to tummy
Baby should be close to you, their tummy touching yours. It's also important to not sit up and take your breast to the baby, but rather to sit back and bring the baby closer to the breast.

5. Chin to the breast
This often tell a baby that the breast is near (although they smell it before that). Chin to the breast helps baby to latch onto the breast, ensuring they are close enough.

6. Stroke the mouth
If your baby doesn't open their mouth when so close to the breast, you can use the nipple to stroke over the mouth from upper lip then over the lower lip. This will also signal the baby to open their mouth and latch on.

7. Follow hunger cues
Often you will hear the following "breast every 3 hours for 10 minutes on each breast". It's important to know that breastfeeding is instinctive to babies and that this is merely a guideline on how often they might feed. Unfortunately, babies didn't get this memo so they will only feed when they are hungry.

Your baby wil show hunger signs when they are hungry, if you want the baby to drink while they aren't hungry, you will struggle to latch. This is called demand feeding, listening to the baby's cues and feeding according to them.

Although breastfeeding is instinctive to babies, it's almost never as easy as people make it sound; and the first few days can be tough while you and baby are getting to know each other. Be patient as you will find your rhythm. Take it day by day, and celebrate each successful feed 😊

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