Nursing, especially in the early days, can be extremely fatiguing. Different babies react differently to nursing, and it may take a toll on the mother. To ease the tension, you may follow these steps:
- Choose a place where you find nursing the most comfortable—an easy chair, a recliner, or your bed.
- Set it up with the things you need—plump cushions, relaxing music, books, snack box, massage cream, and others.
- Keep baby essentials such as spare diapers, wipes and waste basket/pail handy
Dealing with Naughty infants
As mentioned above, kids react to nursing differently. While some of them stay calm and quiet, most of the kids get distracted and lose focus on drinking milk. Find out which category your kid belongs to and how to handle them:
These babies doze off within minutes of latching on. “If your baby has been at the breast for 5 to 6 minutes and seems satis?ed, don’t wake him/her up,” says Dr. Rajiv Chhabra, consultant pediatrician at Artemis Health Institute, Gurgaon. If not, awaken the baby by tickling the soles or gently blowing into the eyes. Dozing off is a common problem in the ?rst few weeks and resolves by itself as the baby gets older.
If your baby gets distracted by the sound of people talking or by sudden noises, retreat to a quiet room during feed times. Some infants forget to suckle when they see bright moving objects. In that case, dim the lights or cover the baby with a thin sheet to block the light or view.
It is not uncommon for infants to use feed times to explore their mother’s body. If you ?nd it objectionable, take your baby’s hand away while telling ?rmly that you do not like it. You could also give a toy to keep his/ her hands busy.
Most infants start to bite the breast around the time they are teething, says Dr. Mehta. Put your ?nger between your baby’s gums to release the hold and put him/her down. The baby will get the message that biting means no more nursing.