Positioning yourself and your baby: Pillows can be used for comfort, no matter which position you are breastfeeding in. They can be put behind your back, under your elbows, on your lap and put anywhere needed for the comfort of the two of you. When trying different breastfeeding positions, it always helps, if you are relaxed and supported well, with no strained muscles.
When learning how to breastfeed, hold your fingers around your
breast for support, forming a U shape (as in picture), but
make sure you are not touching the areola (dark part around your
nipple). Some mothers like to massage the milk out from their breasts while they are breastfeeding with
Entice your baby onto the breast: Do this by rubbing your nipple gently over your baby’s cheek and lips. You can hand express a bit of milk and rub this onto your nipples; the
smell of the breast milk will encourage your baby to nurse.
Latching on “attaching your baby to your
breast”: Bring your 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 your baby’s mouth. Your nipple should be where your baby’s
soft palate is (further back in your baby’s mouth), if your nipple is at the
hard palate, you will experience discomfort.
Continue to hold your breast while your baby is breastfeeding, especially if your breasts are engorged, which is normal in the beginning.
A bit of sensitivity in the beginning is normal; you can avoid sore nipples with a good latch. If the pain is too much, you should unlatch your baby and try again.
Is there milk coming out? During the first few days following birth, you should not worry whether there is milk being produced. The little bit of colostrum (milky fluid secreted for the first few days) is enough for your baby. Once the mature milk has "come in", you can start to look for signs of a good milk transfer. The 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 here... "is my baby getting in enough milk?"