Breastfeeding support

Breastfeeding

breastfeeding

Step 1

Wash your hands and get comfortable. Sit so your back is straight and your lap is flat. Use cushions to support your back and you may wish to put a pillow on your knee to lift your baby closer to your breast if necessary. This is highly recommended, especially in the early days of breastfeeding, and will help prevent backache.

breastfeeding

Step 2

Support your baby's head, shoulders and body in a straight line. Ensure your baby's nose is opposite the nipple and allow their head to tilt back slightly. Use the pillow to support your baby, which will help keep them in the right place. Use one hand to support their head and next, and the other to help position them on their side.

breastfeeding

Step 3

Gently move your baby's lip across your nipple. Your baby should open their mouth wide enough to cover your nipple and the dark area around it (areola). Move your baby forward so their mouth 'latches on' to your nipple. Your baby's bottom lip and chin should touch your breast first.

breastfeeding

Step 4

Make sure your whole nipple, and lower part of the areola, is in your baby's mouth, with their chin touching your breast. Your baby should have a big mouthful of breast and be breathing easily. You will feel a tingling sensation in your breast. This means that your milk is flowing. You'll see your baby's jaw moving and hear them swallowing.

breastfeeding

Step 5

Let your baby feed for as long as they like. If you feel your baby is still hungry and you think that your breast has been emptied, offer your other breast.

Breastfeeding positions

breastfeeding positions

Step 1

Whatever position you feed your baby in, you will need to be comfortable. Support your baby's head, shoulders and body in a straight line. Ensure your baby's nose is opposite your nipple and allow their head to tilt back slightly.

breastfeeding positions

Step 2

To breastfeed your baby while sitting, make sure you're sitting comfortably. If you need to lean over to reach your baby, it's a good idea to use a pillow on your lap to raise your baby to your breast. This is highly recommended, especially in the early days of breastfeeding, and will help prevent backache.

breastfeeding positions

Step 3

Gently move your baby's lip across your nipple. Your baby should open their mouth wide enough to cover your nipple and the dark area around it (areola). Move your baby forward so their mouth 'latches on' to your nipple. Your baby's bottom lip and chin should touch your breast first.

breastfeeding positions

Step 4

Make sure your whole nipple, and lower part of the areola, is in your baby's mouth, with their chin touching your breast. Your baby should have a big mouthful of breast and be breathing easily. You will feel a tingling sensation in your breast. This means that your milk is flowing. You'll see your baby's jaw moving and hear them swallowing.

breastfeeding positions

Step 5

Let your baby feed for as long as they like. If you feel your baby is still hungry and you think that your breast has been emptied, offer your other breast.