Breastfeeding can be a learned skill for mothers and babies and may take time and patience. Correct positioning and attachment of the baby to the breast is really important and ensures the experience is positive for you and your baby. Your midwife is there to support and assist you to comfortably position and attach your baby to your breast.
There are lots of different positions that mothers use to breastfeed their baby, there are very few rules but it is important that both you and your baby are positioned comfortably and safely, and that baby attaches deeply onto your breast. This can affect your comfort and how well your baby feeds at the breast. Sometimes mothers use pillows or cushions to ensure comfort and support.
Correct positioning and attachment of the baby to the breast include
Your baby should be held close to you facing your breast with baby’s neck. Shoulders and body well supported. This allows your baby to tilt his head back easily Remember to always bring your baby to the breast. Think nose to nipple, it helps when your nipple is between your baby’s upper lip and nose. Baby’s chin touches the breast first, he tilts back, opens his mouth and attaches onto your breast. He then snuggles up and begins to breastfeed. A correct attachment to the breast is the secret to successful breastfeeding. Remember your midwife is there to support and assist you