* When learning how to breastfeed, hold your fingers around your
breast for support, forming a U shape (as in picture above), but
make sure you are not touching the areola (dark part around your
Some Moms like to massage the milk out from their breasts while they are breastfeeding with
* Entice baby onto the breast: Do this by rubbing your nipple gently over baby’s cheek and lips.
Some Moms hand express a bit of milk and rub this on their nipples, as the
smell of the breast milk will encourage baby to nurse too. Baby’s mouth
should be open wide.
* Latching on “attaching baby to your
breast”: Bring baby in so that he/she takes in a large part of the areola
at the bottom of their mouth.
Slightly flatten the end of your
breast with your hands and gently, but firmly place your breast and part
of the areola into baby’s mouth. Your nipple should be where baby’s
soft palate is (further back in baby’s mouth), if your nipple is at the
hard palate, you will experience discomfort.
Continue to hold your breast while baby is breastfeeding, especially if your breasts are
engorged, which is normal in the beginning.
* A bit of sensitivity in the beginning is normal; Moms can
avoid sore nipples with a good latch. If the pain is too much, you should
unlatch baby and try again.
* Is there milk coming out? In the
first few days Mothers should not worry whether there is milk being
produced. The little bit of
colostrum(milky fluid secreted for the first day or two after parturition) is enough for baby, but as Mom continues to breastfeed, the breast milk
becomes more, and after a while Mom will be able to look for signs whether
baby is sucking effectively. Baby’s jaw and ears will be moving if he/she is
sucking efficiently and you should be able to see him/her swallowing. Read more on "is my baby getting in enough milk"
* Always let baby finish one breast before offering the other
one. This way baby is receiving the fatty hind milk as well as the
foremilk, ensuring that baby will put on weight well and will also
decrease his/her chances of becoming colicky and having watery stools. Read more on foremilk/hindmilk imbalance here