Breastfeeding Videos: What To Look For and Where To Find Help

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Breastfeeding Videos What to Look for and Where to Find Help

I wish I could have watched a few breastfeeding videos before my first baby was born. We would have had a much different experience. Breastfeeding always seemed like the natural choice for me, and I had no worries about not being able to do the job. After all, my doctor told me I was a "baby-making machine." Surely that meant that all of the other things regarding motherhood would come to me just as easily as manufacturing another life. I remember vividly the realization that I didn't have a clue when it came to feeding my baby.

Everything worked okay while we were in the hospital and the lactation specialist was there to help me out; however, once I got home, it was like I had no idea how to console my crying infant. I didn't know that my stress level would only make it more difficult. I could have calmed down a lot sooner if I had been able to go online and get some ideas by watching a couple breastfeeding videos.

How Will Breastfeeding Videos Help You?

Breastfeeding is natural, but it isn't always easy; it's not like babies come with manuals. Feeding your newborn is a skill that you must develop, and each child is different. Thankfully, these days there are breastfeeding videos that will help you every step of the way, from learning to get the baby to latch on properly, to how to deal with pain in your nipples.

Watching a breastfeeding video and practicing along will help build your confidence. It will also introduce you to a variety of methods so you can figure out what works well for the two of you.

Latching Techniques

Baby will try their best to get at your milk supply, as it's instinct for them. However, without a suitable latch, they won't be happy and won't get fed well. Learning a proper latching technique was the most challenging thing for me when I was starting out.

I didn't understand what was happening until I watched a few breastfeeding videos with my mom group. It was then I realized that the best thing I could do was to relax and be patient so my milk could let-down and make it easier for my baby to eat. I remember how eye-opening it was the first time I realized that I was not alone in my need to develop competence with something that I assumed would be intuitive. It was a relief to know that breastfeeding is something that takes practice.

Breastfeeding Positions

Cradle hold, cross hold, football hold, there are a variety of positions that you can use when breastfeeding. Written directions with photos are great, but it may be hard to fully grasp the concept of different holding styles without seeing the process in action.

Breastfeeding videos can help to build confidence, as you and baby practice along until you know what feels right. Find a chair with good armrests, a bed with a pile of pillows or an alternative space that fits your needs. Then settle in and remember that this takes some patience and practice. Soon this new process will feel like second nature.

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Prepare For Public

Breastfeeding outside of your home is something that is going to happen at some point because you probably don't want to be confined to the house until your child is weaned. It's all about comfort for you and your baby, not to mention convenience.

It's helpful to be able to watch a breastfeeding video where women talk about their experiences feeding their baby in public before you go out for the first time. You'll feel more prepared, and you'll have a well thought out plan instead of winging it as I did.

A new mom may not think about what she's wearing without having experienced the panic of not being able to feed her baby without disrobing in front of a restaurant full of people. You are lucky because you have the experience of women who want to share what they've learned with you.

The ladies in the video above discuss the importance of knowing how to dress when you leave the house. Another good point they make is to let your baby get the hang of the latch-on before going on an outing.

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Where Can I Find Breastfeeding Videos Online?

YouTube is excellent for connecting with women who are making breastfeeding videos to share their challenges and discoveries. These videos are usually fun and entertaining as well. For a more structured education, you can head to one of my favorite sites. I've included some general information and links to each site, below.

  • According to Global Health Media, 40 percent of the world's infants are breastfed. The organization says that breastfeeding education is one of the leading ways we can combat malnutrition in the world. Their breastfeeding series was curated by a team of lactation specialists from Malaysia, South Africa, Canada and The US.
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    The breastfeeding series offered by Global Health Media "shows and tells" you what you need to know to become confident in your breastfeeding skill. They cover questions regarding attachment, breast pain, how to express and store breast milk, and much more.

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  • Baby Center gives new mothers a ton of information about breastfeeding, packed with pictures and breastfeeding videos. This site is great for getting answers to many of your breastfeeding questions. For example, their breastfeeding video,"6 Things You'll Need for Breastfeeding," is helpful in getting you to think about the accessories that could make your life easier and more enjoyable.
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    Nipple creams, shields, breast pads and breast pumps, there's a video to explain, review and recommend everything you need to have the best breastfeeding experience possible.
  • Breastfeeding Education is a YouTube channel dedicated to educational breastfeeding videos. They cover the usual questions such as how to get a proper latch-on and positioning; plus they talk about things like what kinds of food to avoid. It's important to remember that whatever you put into your body is going to end up in your breast milk and that is going to affect the baby.
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    Another great video that you can find on this channel is how to get dad involved in breastfeeding, which bonds you, baby and daddy, as a family.
  • Finally, The Office of Women's Health (OWH) provides numerous breastfeeding videos that offer guidance in all areas from learning how to breastfeed to how to support nursing moms at work. I especially appreciate that they talk about working moms. Many of us have to work. It is vastly important to your well-being that your employer support your choice to breastfeed and work with you so that you can have time and space to take care of your child.

Breastfeeding Videos Are Great

The choice to breastfeed is a personal one. And, it's not for every mom or baby. Sometimes external factors affect a mother's ability to breastfeed, and that's okay. However, other times moms feel like they are giving up because something that they thought would -- or should -- come to them instinctually turns out to be a challenge. As you can see from our research, many options exist for you to get help.

Breastfeeding videos are one of the many resources available to moms who need support while they develop this new skill. Use the links we've provided, make connections with other breastfeeding moms, and relax, because you got this, mama.

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