Don't get discouraged if you have trouble getting a good latch at first. Follow the steps and repeat if necessary. Keep in mind that breastfeeding should not be painful. If you still have trouble after a few tries, ask a lactation consultant, breastfeeding coordinator, peer counselor or your baby's doctor for help. With a little practice, you and your little one will both be enjoying the benefits of breastfeeding.
Remember, breast is best!
Follow these five steps for a good latch:
- Find a comfortable position for you and your baby. You can use pillows or a breastfeeding pillow for extra support.
- Gently support your baby's head and shoulders so he is facing you chest to chest.
- Use your nipple to tickle your baby's upper lip until his mouth is open wide.
- Pull your baby onto your breast so that he takes the whole nipple and about 1 inch of your breast into his mouth. His lips should be turned outward.
- To remove your baby from the breast, gently insert your pinky finger into the corner of your baby's mouth to break the suction and remove him from your breast.