How do you do it?

Every person is unique…you can breastfeed no matter what size or shape you are. Every baby is unique…there is no right or wrong way to hold your baby for breastfeeding.

The first step is to learn how to attach your baby to your breast.

This film clip shows you how:

Breastfeeding is a learned skill. You may find it takes time, practice and patience to get the hang of it.

These pictures break the steps down for you

Step 1

 

STEP 1
Hold your baby close to you with their nose level with your nipple.

Step 2

 

STEP 2
Wait until your baby opens their mouth really wide with the tongue down. You can encourage them to do this by gently stroking their top lip.

Step 3

 

STEP 3
Bring your baby on to your breast

 

Step 4

 

STEP 4
Your baby will tilt their head back and come to your breast chin first. They should take a large mouthful of breast. Your nipple should go towards the roof of their mouth.

The next step is to find what feels the most comfortable for you and your baby

These pictures show some examples:

You may need to try a few different positions to find the most comfortable position for you and your baby.

Emotional adjustment can also have an impact on attachment and breastfeeding – consider speaking with a health professional.