- Make sure that you are lying comfortably in bed or are sitting with good support.
- Let your baby drink from both breasts, especially during the first few days, for as long as they would like.
- Read the following guidelines step by step until you have mastered the technique.
For the baby
- Lay baby's tummy against mother's.
- Position the baby’s nose at the height of the nipple, so the head is slightly tilted backward.
- Hold the breast and gently tap your baby's lips with the nipple. Wait patiently for your baby’s mouth to open by itself.
- Bring the baby to your breast, not your breast to the baby.
- The baby's chin should rest against the breast.
- You can tell that the baby is sucking correctly if their chin, jaws and ears are all moving. The baby should not make smacking noises or have ‘sucked in’ cheeks.
- The lips should curl outward.