Breastfeeding while lying down is one of the greatest things I have learned as a mom. This position is my secret why I never felt deprived of sleep. It allowed me to sleep when my baby sleeps. All I have to do is face my baby, face her to me, and there, we are feeding.
Here is what you need to do to attain this position.
1. While you and your baby are lying down on the bed, face each other side to side.
2. Put pillows on you head and on you back. Put pillows on your baby’s back too.
3. Adjust your baby’s position so the mouth is lined up with your nipple.
This breastfeeding position is great for moms who underwent Cesarean birth.
This position works best for babies who already have a good latch.
This position may be a little challenging for younger and little babies since we need to maneuver their head for a good latch-on.
I am very prone to nipple cracks because my youngest is a pretty vigorous feeder. And my best treatment to it is breast milk matched with lots of air-drying. If have proven it so many times and it has not failed me yet.
One time, I was having this breastfeeding talk with fellow moms in my eldest’s ballet school. We were talking about the joys and pains of breastfeeding. Then I shared to them how my breast milk helped my youngest’s wound on the face heal really fast, as in just a couple of days, the wound was dry! Then Rizelle shared to me that she also uses breast milk in insect bites so that they will not leave dark spots. I have tried it and what do you know, it works! I tried it in old mosquito bites and they lightened. Older dark spots take longer to lighten though.
Yesterday, I cleaned my toe nails and wounded both my big toes. I did not wet them in the hopes that it will prevent the infection. But unlucky me, despite that, I woke up with swollen left big toe. I cleaned it with Aqua Oxinada this morning and applied a powder I used months ago to a similar kind of wound in my sole. By lunch time, it was painful and looked like it was starting to develop pus. I covered it with band-aid before I took our nap. I cleaned it during my bath and told myself I will try putting breast milk to it. I really wanted to see if it will work. I have put a little breast milk on my toes twice already and now, the pain is almost gone! I will continue doing this until these wounds completely heals.
Breast milk is truly a miracle! A food of life, if I may say.
Last weekend, we visited a pediatric dentist to seek second opinion about Alex’s teeth. I breastfed her for 3 years. I think it was on the second year when we started to notice the discoloration of her front teeth. We were prescribed with a tooth mousse (fluoride paste) by the first dentist who saw her. This dentist is located in the mall near us. We were not able to religiously use that tooth mousse as she fed round the clock and it needs to stay in the tooth for about 2 hours to effect. But miraculously, the stains went away. So what did the dentist checked last weekend? Her molars, almost all, are badly impacted. These teeth should stay there until a child is about 10 or 11, as that is the only time the permanent teeth will come out. Yes, too much lollies and candies is the culprit.
Since we were already there and the dentist was so nice, we took the chance to have Maxyn’s teeth checked also. She also have front teeth discoloration but the dentist who saw us a few months ago said her teeth are still sound. She was not cleaned that time because she was fuzzy and the dentist was afraid that forcing her might cause trauma. This time, cleaning was done and fluoride varnish was applied. Sad to say, she already has 4 damaged teeth. The good side is that they are still small and pasta can be done to protect the teeth from further damage.
I was advised for the nth time to give water to Maxyn after breastfeeding. But how do I do that when she is back to sleep after each feeding? How would I wipe her teeth with wet towel to remove milk residues without waking her up? If I do these things and she wakes up, she will ask for milk again so she can go back to sleep, the cleaning will be pointless.
I failed in taking care of Alex’s teeth and this time, I want to succeed with Maxyn’s. I seriously need help on this. Got any tip?