Finding your fit
Practice makes perfect!
A good latch helps prevent nipple pain and helps your baby remove milk. Be sure you’re comfortable in your position – relax your shoulders and rest your back against the chair or couch.
Tips for latching your baby in ANY position
- Support your baby’s neck.
- Avoid holding the back of your baby’s head
- Allow your baby to move as he or she needs.
- Baby’s ear, shoulder and hips should be in a straight line.
- When your baby opens wide, help him or her onto your nipple.
- Lean back and relax if you are hunched over.
- Baby’s chin should touch the breast first.
- Make sure the nipple is deep in your baby’s mouth.
- Baby’s nose may touch the breast during a deep latch.
Tips for getting off to a great start
- Breastfeed as soon as possible after giving birth.
- Nurse your baby as often as he or she shows signs of hunger. This should be at least 8 times in 24 hours.
- Avoid giving pacifiers or bottles until breastfeeding is going well.
- Ask for support from your nurse or a lactation consultant.
- Watch your baby – not the clock – to know when to feed.
- Massaging and compressing the breast while feeding helps the milk to flow and keeps the baby feeding.