If your initial attempts at breastfeeding seem tedious and uncomfortable, don’t give up. With some trial-and-error, you might find the breastfeeding positions that work for both you and your baby. Find out more about how to position your baby for feeding.
Correct breastfeeding positions are important to ensure you and your baby are both comfortable and that your baby is properly latched.
While breastfeeding, make sure that the baby’s mouth open and covering as much of the areola (the dark area around the nipple) as possible. If baby’s latch hurts, break the suction by gently inserting your little finger between your baby’s gums and your nipple, and try again. Once your baby latches on properly, they will be able to do the rest. It’s a good idea to have a drink beside you when you settle down to breastfeed. Water, milk and unsweetened fruit juices are all good choices.
This is a good choice for caesarean births, women who have large breasts or who are nursing small babies or twins.
This breastfeeding position is the most commonly used by women all over the world.
This is a good position for the first days and weeks while you and your baby are learning how to breastfeed and also if the baby is small in size.
* Avoid this position if you are sleepy for risk of falling asleep on top of your baby
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