Saturday, July 07, 2007

Breastfeeding positions

Breastfeeding is actively promoted here in the UK and there is good awareness of the physical and emotional benefits to babies when mothers breastfeed. However, even though breastfeeding is such a natural activity, and can be enjoyable for both participants, it is quite common for mothers who want to breastfeed to experience problems and at best persist but not enjoy the process and at worst be unable to tolerate it, and give up.

New research by Dr. Colson at Canterbury Christ Church University challenges traditional breastfeeding positions with the finding that breastfeeding in lying or semi-reclining position, with the baby on its tummy on top of the mother, enables babies to latch on to the breast more easily. In this position, newborns also show more and an increased variety of reflexes like rooting, latching, head-bobbing and such like.

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