Baby massage is very important for both mother and the baby. While deciding to breastfeed, both mother and baby should be feel happy, comfortable and stress free so the breast milk pouring so smoothly.
Mother and baby need to get extra attention if they want to pass a pleasant breastfeeding period. For the baby, one of way to stimulate breastfeeding is by massage for baby. Baby Massage is safe since the baby born and should be routinely performed during breastfeeding period.
Massage for baby makes baby comfortable, smooth blood circulation, digestive tract and digestive glands in the baby’s cells work properly, so that the baby is easy to feel thirsty and hungry. Babies who are hungry makes ease the breastfeeding process. The more frequently the baby feeds, milk production will continue to increase. The breastfeeding process became more comfortable for both mothers and babies
Perform massage five minutes before to morning bath and five minutes before the evening bath, every day. Give also a gentle massage to the baby during breastfeeding. Baby massage should be in motion from head to toe. Mother’s soft touching while breastfeeding can also give comfort to the baby and make breastfeeding as a pleasant moment.
How to Massage a Baby
Palms up to the middle of the baby’s chest, then slide it diagonally to the upper right, then back to the middle, to upper left, back toward the center. Bottom left, back toward the center, bottom right, back to the middle.
On Thigh and Calf
Hold the baby’s thigh with both hands. Rotate from inside to outside while move down towards the calf. Then back to the top with the same move.
Massage foot from heel to toe direction. Squeeze my fingers one by one. Massage back foot, ranging from the ankle to the toes.
Massages start from the middle toward the left side, then the middle toward the right side.
Massage I Love U. Use 2 or 3 fingers, which form the letters of I-L-U form baby direction. It form inverted I-L-U letter forms our direction. The following stages of baby massage on stomach:
1. Massage the left of baby under the ribs to the bottom (letter I)
2. Massage transversely from right to left of baby, then down to the bottom (L)
3. Massage of right under the baby, up to the right of the infant, curved into U and down again to the left of the baby. All movement of the baby massage ended up in the left abdomen.
Massage for Baby on Hand
Massage from the base of the arm, then down to the hand. Then come back massage from the hands to the base of the arm.
Besides for caring, baby massage can also make the baby relax and stimulates the growth and development.
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