Before Little #2 was born I did a lot of research about how to prevent as well as overcome any breastfeeding difficulties that we might have come up against. I searched a lot of site, talked with a lot of other moms and reflected on my breastfeeding journey with Little Man in the early days. I knew what signs to be looking for, where to seek out the assistance I would need and most importantly to trust me and my baby. We did have difficulties and we did work through them and are an awesome breastfeeding duo if I do say so myself. One of the most enjoyable of these techniques that I found, that any parent can actually use with their child is a combination of skin-to-skin and babywearing.
- Infant body temperature regulation
- Womb-like experience – wrapped snuggly, heartbeat and breathing rhythms are present and familiar to baby
- Infant is close to the breast for frequent feeding and comfort – increases mother’s milk supply as well as frequent feedings resulting in a higher fat content
The benefits for me as a mother was I felt more centered and grounded while wearing Little #2. I did not feel the constant need to keep checking him. I did check him though to make sure I was wearing him safely. I felt in tune with my newborn and was more readily able to recognize feeding cues, signs of tiredness and had a content newborn as a result. I was also able to care for Little Man as well, we could continue our routines and Little #2 could safely accompany us on our walks, trips to the park or aquarium.
Other little bonus for me was that strangers were not touching Little #2 without permission or at all since he was close to me.