Babies use their hands when they eat, just like adults do! Their little hands help them find their way to the breast and latch comfortably. They massage the breast to stimulate milk flow. And touching the breast can help babies feel secure and remain calm so they can breastfeed effectively. (Frantic babies do not feed well!) Some parents worry about babies scratching their faces. Cut or file nails safely when they reach beyond the fingertips. This will prevent scratching.
So, take the mitts off and let your baby’s little hands help out!