How do I hold and position the baby at the breast?
Mothers need to find the breastfeeding hold that is most comfortable and effective for themselves and their baby and puts the baby in a good position at the breast. This is especially important in the first few weeks after delivery to prevent nipple pain and allow the baby to breastfeed effectively. The baby’s head should be looking straight ahead at the breast and tipped back slightly with the mouth in front of the nipple. To keep the baby in the right position and the mother comfortable, mother and baby may need extra support from a regular or breastfeeding pillow or footstool. It is also important to bring the baby to the breast, not the other way around. This helps maintain a good position. As the baby lets go of the breast at the end of a feeding, the nipple should stay right in front of the baby’s mouth; it should not move away from it.