Correct position and latch
- First and foremost, make sure you’re sitting in a comfortable chair with a glass of water. Also, keep a pen and paper to record which side you fed on and for how long each. You’ll want to make sure you feed equally from both sides to even out milk production.
- Find a comfortable position for the baby (click here for a visual guide), but we’ve found the cross-cradle and football holds to be the easiest to hold newborns.
- With one hand, support your breast by cupping underneath. Keep your fingers away from your nipple.
- Hold your baby by putting the heel of your other hand between your baby’s shoulders, holding him or her with the palm of your hand. Let the baby’s head fall between your thumb and forefinger.
- Make sure the baby’s neck is in extension, with his or her chin pointing at the breast and eyes looking up.
- Point your nipple at his or her nose and quickly bring the baby to your breast. Do not bring your breast to the baby.
- The baby’s bottom lip should take in about an inch of your breast below the nipple and his or her chin should be buried in your breast.
- We strongly recommend seeing a lactation consultant to make sure you have the latch correct, since an incorrect latch or unlatch is the main reason for nipple pain.