Supporting baby's neck and some tips
Newborn babies are delicate and need extra care. Babies have floppy necks and have not developed fully which is why proper handling is key to allow the muscles to develop and grow. As a result, it is prudent that you support the neck until when the muscles are fully developed so that it doesn’t move in an uncontrolled way.
During breastfeeding, it is necessary that you support the neck with your hand and cradle the head while carrying the baby. This should be done when carrying the baby upright or when laying him down to sleep. Proper latching is recommended because it helps to reduce the discomfort. Breastfeeding is critical since it helps to strengthen the child’s immunity. Note that proper latching helps the baby’s mouth to cover the nipple and the areola. It allows the tongue and lips to massage and suckles the milk from the glands.
A good clutch can be achieved by holding the baby while the facing the breast. The mother should then tickle the baby’s lip with the nipple and ensure that the baby opens the mouth. Once the mouth has been opened, move the baby forward until it gets hold of the breast. Allow the baby to suckle each breast for 10 minutes.
Note that the mother should burp the baby to remove the air that it takes while suckling. Too much air may interfere with the baby’s digestive system. The best way to burp the baby is to support the baby with one hand and let the baby lean forward. You should gently pat the baby’s back to remove the excess air from the tummy.
Lastly, ensure that the baby is allowed to sleep on its back. It greatly helps to reduce the risk of sudden infant death syndrome.
- Kayla Johnson