Wall Poster Positioning - The Key to Successful Breastfeeding 1 Copy
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Laminated Wall Poster - A3 Size, (16½ x 11¾ inches)
These images and simple steps show a mother how to position her newborn baby - to provide fundamental positional stability:
- Baby’s open body is against mothers open body – eliminating gaps. (see Maternal posture & effective latch)
- Baby is closely applied to mothers body, facing her, prone, chest and chin against the breast, head tilted back.
- Mothers hand and arm is stabilizing baby’s shoulder girdle against her.
“Mother and baby fit together like two pieces of a jigsaw puzzle.” Colson S
Stabilizing a baby on its mothers body results in the release of a cascade of biological responses in both mother and baby, that lead to …,
Baby seeking the breast and nipple, using the rooting, head righting, gaping and tongue extrusion reflexes, that lead to ….,
Baby swinging the lower jaw down and ‘scooping’ up a large enough mouthful of breast to fill baby’s mouth and trigger the sucking reflexes.
The Poster is designed for Antenatal and Postnatal education and situations when a baby is not attaching on his own and needs help from his mother to support the innate latching behaviours descibed above.
The images SHOW a mother what it means to have:
- Baby’s full-front in firm contact with her body and breast – closely applied.
- A well supported straight back and open posture – making a flatter space for baby’s body fit underneath her breasts.
- Baby’s body “uncurled”, open and prone against her body.
- The heel of her hand holding baby’s shoulder blades with her fingers relaxed - providing shoulder girdle stability.
- Baby’s whole body facing her and applied to her body - providing midline stability for the symmetrical movement of the muscles on both sides of baby’s head neck and oral area.
- Baby’s chest snug against the base and side of her breast, chin into the breast, nose away from the breast. Baby’s instinctive latching posture.
- Her shoulders relaxed and her elbow dropped against the side of her body.
- A relaxed, comfortable, well supported sitting position to breastfeed.
A useful poster for:
• Hospital rooms
• Child health centres
• Lactation Clinics
References & Recommended Reading
© 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.