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New Research Promises To Take The Pain Off Breast Feeding

According to the latest on breast-feeding, there is no hard and fast rule as to how a mother should feed her newborn. Most young mothers would be more than glad to endorse that view as standard positions like sitting upright while breast feeding, can prove too painful for motherly feelings to override.

Take the case of Nicola Adolphe. Nicola accordingly, had a horrendous time trying to breastfeed when her daughter Deborah was born.

As manager of a play center she knew that breastfeeding was best and after having a home birth, wanted to do everything as naturally as possible.

"I had about six weeks of pain, I had a bleeding nipple on the right and fed on my left the whole time which then became really sore.

"It was really unbearable and I was half way to giving up at six weeks, and that's a big thing for me to admit, she recalls.

Yet, luck was on her side. Through an online mothers support group, Nicola who lives in Watford, found out about Biological Nurturing - a program promoting different ways of holding babies to encourage breastfeeding - which offered her advice over the phone.

Fortunately she also had a meeting with Dr Suzanne Colson, senior midwifery lecturer at Canterbury Christ Church University, who advises on this technique.

"We tried lots of different positions, she told me to stand up, hold the baby and then lie back and get some pillows around me.

"I could lay down on the sofa, gradually reclining my body, which would take the weight of the baby and it's much freer, Nicola says.

By 12 weeks, breastfeeding in the new position had made life much easier for mother and daughter.

According to research, breastfeeding newborn babies lying down may boost the chances of success.

A study of 40 mothers breastfeeding in different positions found that babies' natural reflexes kicked in more easily when the mothers were lying down.


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