Breastfeeding is a fulfilling experience among majority of mothers. However, it is not always a walk in the park. Usually, the first few days and weeks are always difficult. But after a few months’ time, it may seem that you have mastered the pattern of feeding your newborn. Before the age of six months, you are now more confident with how you breastfeed your baby with them being arm sized. However, as the days go by, you now notice changes in them. The chair you use to feed them has become a bit constricting, for starters. Second, feedings are becoming shorter. And last, after every feed, it seems that your baby no longer gives you that morphine-high smile.
If all these things sound familiar, you are now in the post-newborn phase of breastfeeding. And you will come to experience a lot of things changing at a much faster rate. But no worries! You can still make your breastfeeding journey worthwhile even 6 months after your baby was born. Here are some tips to get through breastfeeding your tiny one after the first 6 months.
1. Keep all colorful and shiny objects away from your little one.
These include head scarfs, jewelry, and other pieces of clothing that they could easily pull, bite, and swallow. There is something remarkable about babies after 6 months of age. They come to realize their ability to not only touch things but also destroy them, most especially those that are attached to other people. Just think about what could happen to your baby if they are able to pull out your tongue ring or your nose ring! As a breastfeeding mother, be sure to wear plain and safe baby-friendly clothing while breastfeeding.
2. Take note of the biting face.
Once your babies grow their teeth, they will most likely test them out on anything and everything. And this does not exempt your nipples. But don’t fret! These bites usually take place only after they have given you warning sign. Usually, before they clamp down on your nipples, they will be making a cheeky-teeth clenching face. You should have an idea reaction when this happens to you. Your first reaction to getting your nipple bitten the first time is telling of what your following teeth nipple interaction will be. If you react too big, your baby may assume that you are playing with them and doing it for attention. On the other hand, if you react too small, your baby will not fully grasp your reaction and will bite you down the second time. You may use a plastic shield to guard your nipples. However, you can always let them be and accept this phase as a crucial part to motherhood.
3. Breastfeed your baby in an open area giving them plenty of leg room.
You can always guarantee that your baby will be constantly moving while feeding when breastfeeding them after 6 months. Not only that, they will be in a lot of frenzy to such as much milk from you while climbing over you. They may even feed upside down or stand on their heads while feeding. Here’s a good advice from breastfeeding pros: lie down, get your nipples out, hold your arm wide open, and let them do their thing. It is best to just give into their feeding frenzy. This will last between 10 and 20 minutes, at most.