If you like to learn step-by-step, here are more detailed instructions for helping your baby latch on properly.
|Try different positions and see what works best for you and your baby.|
When you are learning to latch your baby, it may be helpful to shape your breast to fit the oval of your baby’s mouth.
Cup your breast with your free hand. Gently squeeze your breast from top to bottom, or side to side, to shape it. This will depend on how you are holding your baby. Do not pinch your breast.
Make sure your bottom fingers are away from the areola (the darker circle around your nipple) and out of the way of your baby’s chin. Once your baby is latched on and feeding well, you may not need to continue holding your breast.
Tilt your baby's head back slightly so his chin touches the underside of your breast. Your nipple should be sitting slightly above your baby's upper lip.
Wait for your baby to open his mouth wide with his tongue forward and down. Your baby's mouth should look like he is yawning.
As soon as your baby's mouth is open wide, aim your nipple to the roof of his mouth and quickly pull him towards you. Move baby's head and body together in a straight line. Your nipple and areola should be in his mouth. His chin should be touching your breast.
If your baby does not open wide, it may help to express a few drops of milk down to the end of your nipple. Be patient.
Keep your baby’s body, including his hips, close to you. Your baby will be able to breathe easily while breastfeeding.