Re: Tongue Sucking - Any way to correct this?
and welcome to these forums.
Breastfeeding is a learned behavior for you and your newborn.
The first two weeks of an infant's life is devoted to learning how to breastfeed.
so on day 6, you are still in the early phase on the learning curve.
it will be so much easier if you lay back or lie down and let her latch on while you are in a resting position.
who knows why she is a tongue sucker, it could be a habit she learned in utero.
do you have anyone staying with you? someone who can hold the baby so you can eat, go to the bathroom?
I did not make milk early on with my first baby, it took more than 8 days of nursing all the time until she figured out how to suckle and my milk finally came in.
you can always hand massage and hand express to help stimulate the milk supply and then get her on the breast.
if you can avoid the bottles and the artificial nipples just for now and really pay close attention to working on her latch and suck
you will overcome and avoid chronic obstacles.
the best way to help your baby learn to open wide and suck is to offer her the breast , lie her naked body against your naked chest let her lick and taste you let her practice opening her mouth while she wriggles herself into position and relax.
at this tender young age she should be spending every moment on you learning how to nurse.
You can put her in a safe place while you eat, drink and shower and then its back to breast. You can sleep with her as long as you have a firm mattress and if your a non-smoker.
keep her naked except for a diaper. Let your body keep her warm.
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