Among all the exciting, fun and essential activities we share with our little one, breastfeeding is one of the most memorable and yet, challenging. During breastfeeding, the bond between the mother and child strengthens in all levels. However, about 85% of breastfed babies do nipple and breast twiddling while nursing. Twiddling refers to fiddling or playing negligently, rotating something idly. Most moms feel ￼very uncomfortable with it, but has chosen to give way for their baby’s benefits.
To understand more as to why babies do twiddling while breastfeeding, here are the reasons and some of the benefits of twiddling that might change mommy’s mind about it.
Why Babies Twiddle
•Twiddling their mommy’s nipple or breast makes it easier for them to concentrate on breastfeeding
•It makes the babies feel more relaxed and comfortable
•Twiddling helps baby to nurse well
•Twiddling makes baby fall asleep much easier
Benefits of Baby’s Twiddling
•When babies twiddle their mother’s nipples, the stimulation causes brain to release hormones called oxytocin which helps increase the mother’s milk production.
•Since twiddling makes babies feel more soothed and relaxed, it makes breastfeeding a lot more easy and less fussy.
•Letdowns of milk happens frequently if baby is twiddling. Thus, emptying breasts more effectively. This is beneficial for mothers in a way that they can avoid having engorgements, clogged ducts and sore breasts.
Even though most mothers consider twiddling as simply annoying part of breastfeeding, there are also mothers who decided to consider making their baby stop breastfeeding because of the discomfort and frustration brought to them by baby’s twiddling, fiddling and even pinching of nipples during breastfeeding. If so, here are some tips that could help your baby to stop twiddling.
How to Make Baby Stop Twiddling
•Attempt to discourage twiddling as soon as baby starts it.
•Keep the opposite breast covered so that baby won’t have easy access to it.
•Give baby something to hold and play with so that his hands will be kept busy.
•Gently pull away and hold his hands during feeding to discourage him from twiddling.
Breastfeeding journey can only be successful if mommy and baby works on it together. It is important that both will be able to think possitively about breastfeeding. If mommy feels way too uncomfortable on breastfeeding, then she must decide what will be the best feeding method to work on. But of course, as a breastfeeding momma, I hope every momma will be able to make the best out of it and succeed on their breastfeeding journey.