The Importance of Mother's breath
Regulating the mother's breath while breastfeeding or holding the infant can have several benefits for both the mother and the baby. Here are a few examples: • Calming the mother: Breathing deeply and slowly can help the mother relax and reduce stress, which can improve her overall well-being and her ability to bond with her baby. • Calming the baby: Babies can sense the mother's emotions and can be calmed by the mother's steady breathing. It's also been found that babies' heart rate, breathing, and oxygen levels become more stable when the mother's breathing is regulated. • Improving milk flow: Proper breathing can also help to improve milk flow, as it can help to relax the muscles that control milk flow, making it easier for the baby to get milk from the breast. • Improving latching: Proper breathing can also help to improve latching, as it can help the mother to relax and position the baby correctly, which can make breastfeeding more comfortable and effective. • Improving bonding: Regulating the mother's breath can also improve bonding between mother and baby, as it can help the mother to be more present and mindful in the moment. There are several techniques that can be used to regulate the mother's breath. One such technique is diaphragmatic breathing, which involves breathing deeply into the diaphragm rather than shallowly into the chest. Another technique is the "4-7-8" breathing technique, which involves breathing in for 4 seconds, holding for 7 seconds, and breathing out for 8 seconds. It's important to note that the most important thing is to be comfortable and consistent with your breathing, but it's best to consult with a lactation consultant or a pediatrician before starting any new techniques, to ensure that it's safe for you and your baby.