Positioning and Attachment

Breastfeeding is a skill and it may take time and practice to get the hang of it. There are lots of different positions for breastfeeding. You just need to check the following points.
  • Are you comfortable? It’s worth getting comfortable before a feed. Remember when you feed to relax your shoulders and arms. 
  • Are your baby’s head and body in a straight line? If not, your baby might not be able to swallow easily.
  • Are you holding your baby close to you, facing your breast? Support their neck, shoulders and back. They should be able to tilt their head back and swallow easily, and shouldn’t have to reach out to feed.
  • Is your baby’s nose opposite your nipple? Your baby needs to get a big mouthful of breast from beneath the nipple. Placing your baby with their nose level with your nipple will allow them to reach up and attach to the breast well.


How to attach your baby to your breast

  1. Hold your baby close to you with their nose level with the nipple.
  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.
  3. Bring your baby on to your breast.
  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.
This video clip shows a mum being supported with her positioning and attachment: 

 
 

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