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How Do I Breastfeed

How do I breastfeed?

If you're finding breastfeeding tricky, don't worry, it isn't something mums instinctively know how to do. The good news is, most problems can be easily overcome. Here, we've gathered a few handy tips about breastfeeding, all tried and tested by other mums. Try not to give up, because breastfeeding has huge benefits for both you and your child.

Tips for successful breastfeeding

Follow these tips and you'll soon be breastfeeding with the best of them!

• Make yourself comfortable in a chair that supports your back nicely.

• Hold your child close and try to keep their head, shoulders and body in a straight line.

• Line up your child's nose with your nipple and then give their mouth a little nudge with it!

• When their mouth opens wide, bring your child to your breast (not the other way round).

• You'll know if your child is latched on well if their bottom lip is curled back and the only visible area of your areola (the dark skin around your nipple) is above their top lip. And listen for the sound of them swallowing, too.

• If your child keeps putting their hands in the way, try wrapping them so that their arms are lying at their side.

Don't panic if your child pauses from time to time - that's natural. And if you find breastfeeding a bit uncomfortable, it could be because of your position or because your child's not latching on properly. If it's your position, you can take the strain off by using a V-shaped pillow to rest your child on. If it's because your child's not latching on properly then speak to your health care professional or take a look at our breastfeeding problems information for some handy hints.