THE breast-feeding It is one of the most awaited moments for future moms. For many of them, the moment provides unbearable intimacy with the baby. But when the mother is inexperienced or the newborn has trouble breastfeeding, the act can frighten women. Two concerns become constant: what if the baby choke? What if he drown with his own milk?
The first and most important thing to note is the position of the baby at breastfeeding. The pediatrician, president of the Scientific Department of Breastfeeding of the Brazilian Society of Pediatrics (SBP), Luciano Borges Santiago, advises that "the baby's head should be higher than the body." This position favors the lowering of fluid to the stomach. In addition, after breastfeeding, the child should be placed upright for 20 to 30 minutes.
Breastfeeding the child lying down is not indicated either. • Suckling while lying increases the risk of drowning and choking. This position can also favor ear infections (ear infections), especially when using bottles ?, explains Santiago.
But if even with these precautions, the child chokes or drowns with milk, the doctor warns of the actions to be taken. Try to remove milk from the baby's mouth and airway. This can be done through aspiration. But rush to the emergency room or get medical help as soon as possible? Emphasizes Santiago.
Another factor that can occur is the child regurgitates and depending on the position in which the child is in, vomiting may return to the mouth and airways, causing choking. In this case, the procedures will be the same.
After a few months, when the child can hold some objects, she often prefers to breastfeed by herself, holding the bottle in her own hands. But the pediatrician warns of this situation. "No child should ever take a bottle alone, an adult should always supervise the act." The doctor still recommends the use of little cups instead of bottles. The market already offers small cups made of glass for the mother to administer milk, even to a newborn.
But the most important is the observation. At the moment of breastfeeding, the mother should be restricted to this activity in order to observe the baby's signs and avoid complicated situations. Observe if the baby is swallowing or if he needs a short break for a rest, and if possible, also note the amount of fluid in his mouth.
Caring For Your Newborn (January 2021)
- Breastfeeding, Babies