Pamphlet: The Key to Successful Breastfeeding (1 Copy)
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This Low cost, 8 panel handout - Revised & Updated in March 2012
- Illustrates and describes the innate Positioning & Attachment process in simple steps.
- Is the Perfect partner to the Follow Me Mum DVD.
- Helps mothers when attachment is difficult or painful.
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The unique illustrations and clear explanations describe:
- Baby's innate (inborn) latching behaviours
- What is a good latch and how it helps baby remove the milk
- The positioning & attachment process in simple practical steps
- How an open posture helps baby attach well
- How and where to holding baby's body
- How to positioning baby’s body for stability and good breast / mouth alignment
- How to help baby take more breast below the nipple
- How baby attaches and how mother can help
- How to know if baby is beautifully attached
A complete handout for Antenatal & Postnatal Mothers:
A copy of Rebecca’s pamphlet will help a mother repeat the successful behaviours you have demonstrated during your antenatal class or postnatal consultation.
Antenatal Education Opportunities
- The ideal time to provide mothers with vicarious learning experiences.
- Show video footage of babies seeking, finding and attaching by feel.
- If you do not have a video, use a soft bodied doll to demonstrate what babies can do.
- Describe what stimulates each behaviour and the action baby is likely to take in response to the stimulus.
“Mothers are built to follow their baby’s lead; knowing what their baby can do is the first step toward their knowing how to help.” Glover, R. & Wiessinger, D. (2012)
Postnatal Assistance and Consultations
Use Participatory Modelling to help mothers when latching is painful or difficult .
- With a doll and Rebecca's education materials model the relevant step or steps of the innate attaching behaviours, combined with clear explainations of what you are demonstrating and how it helps baby attach..
- The mother then replicates the demonstration with her own baby
- While you, the helper, observe and assist her by giving encouraging feedback for successful actions and preventing actions that will lead to failure.
- At the end of the session mother and helper are sure that the mother has understood and experienced what she needs to do to help her baby attach deeply.
- Finally send mother home with Rebecca's pamphlet - use a highlighter to emphasis relevant text or images.
Participatory modelling is a highly effective teaching tool, the demonstration, replication and coaching can help a mother have successful experiences, even if only one step at a time. Successes that will continue to build her belief in her ability to breastfeed her baby. Read more in Can you help me Breastfeed?
References & Recommended Reading
Can you help me breastfeed? - In Tips & Topics
Glover, R., & Wiessinger, D. (2012). They Can Do It, You Can Help: Building Breastfeeding Skill and Confidence in Mother and Helper In C. Watson Genna (Ed.), Supporting Sucking Skills in Breastfeeding Infants (pp. 105-148). Woodhaven, New York: Jones & Bartlett
© Rebecca Glover – Last updated Dec 2012
May be copied for individual educational purposes only. All other reproduction prohibited unless written permission is obtained from the author.