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Latching And Attaching

Obtaining a good latch and position sometimes takes practice to make breastfeeding comfortable. It is an important part of getting breastfeeding off to a good start in the early days. Your comfort level should be a guide. If it hurts, something is not right and can be fixed.

Timing Is Everything

Make sure your baby is calm before you try to start breastfeeding. Some times are better than others...

Deep sleep - Wait until your baby is more awake before attempting to breastfeed.

Light sleep with REM - This is a great time to try breastfeeding your baby...you'll see your baby's eyes moving under his closed lids.

Awake and curious - This is the BEST time to try. Remember to keep an eye out for feeding cues.

Crying - Calm your baby before attempting to breastfeed. If your baby is crying, he may be too upset to start breastfeeding.

Positions

There is not a "right" way to hold your baby when you're breastfeeding. What works for one mom might not work for another. The right way is the comfortable way.Try several different positions and see which is best for you and your baby. Choose ones that make you feel most comfortable.Make sure your baby has latched on the right way. Read More.

The Latch

Get in a comfortable position with your baby. When he's ready to nurse, your baby will open his mouth wide and take a large mouthful of breast, the nipple and large part of the areola with more of the bottom than top in his mouth.

You'll know it's right when:

• Your baby's lips are curled out, not tucked in.

  • • Your nipple and about one inch of the areola are in your baby's mouth.
  • • His chin is buried in your breast with his nose lightly touching.
  • • His tongue is visible when you pull down his lower lip.

• You hear and see swallows when he sucks.

• You are pain free.

Watch this amazing video of baby self attaching to the breast!