Breastfeeding Matters Saskatoon

Breastfeeding Your Baby: Mothers' Milk, Babies' Choice

     >> The First 24 Hours

     >> Learning to Breastfeed

     >> Hand Expression

     >> Storing Breastmilk

     >> Breastfeeding Positions

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     >> 7 Days to 6 Weeks

     >> 6 Weeks to 6 Months

     >> 6 Months to 24 Months

     >> Wellness and Lifestyle Habits

     >> Troubleshooting

     >> Frequently asked Questions

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Before you begin breastfeeding:

You may need a trip to the bathroom and a drink or snack. Some women prefer privacy from others.
Consider taking pain medication if needed.

Make yourself comfortable; sitting up, reclining or lying down. Pillows and a footstool can be helpful for support.

Massage your breast and express some milk onto your nipple.

massage and hand express

Positioning and latching on:

Latching onPlace baby’s tummy against yours. Position the nose level with your nipple. Support the head and back with your hand and arm. Support and sandwich the breast with the other hand if needed. Have your fingers week back from the areola, as shown in the picture below.

Tickle baby’s upper lip gently with your nipple. The mouth will open wide when baby is ready to feed. Follow baby’s lead. Bring the baby quickly into the breast when the mouth is wide open (but not during a yawn or a cry). The chin comes against the breast first. The nose may rest on the breast or be slightly away from the breast. If baby sounds “stuffy”, pull her bottom in closer to your body, or tip her head back slightly.

Good latching and positioning
are important for baby to feed well and to prevent sore nipples

The baby needs to latch deeply for you to be comfortable. If the latch hurts, break the suction by putting your finger into the corner of baby’s mouth and start over. Your baby will learn to latch well with time.

Remember that breastfeeding in not nipple feeding. Babies need to have a big mouthful of the breast.

Changing positions often in the early days helps to build milk supply and prevent sore nipples.

football hold and cross cradle hold

Watch and listen to see if your baby is feeding well:

  • Did baby’s mouth open wide?
  • Did baby latch deeply with a big mouthful of breast?
  • Are there pauses between sucks?
  • Do you hear swallowing?
  • Swallows may sound like soft clicks.
  • How many sucks before the baby swallows?
  • They will become more frequent as your milk supply increases.
  • Feeding for more than one hour may mean that your baby is not feeding well.
  • Seek advice and assistance if needed. See Resources.

Be patient and gentle. Feeding will become a special time for you and your baby.

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