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Correct Breastfeeding Position

How does the mother get the baby to "latch on"

The mother should lift her breast from below with her hand and offer the baby as much of the breast as possible - not just the nipple. When the nipple touches the baby's lips, the mother should wait for the baby's mouth to open and then aim to get in the lower part of the areola first. The baby's lips should be everted (or facing outwards).

How do I get my baby into the right sucking position

Your baby's whole body should be close to you and turned towards you. Her stomach should be touching your stomach and her shoulder, which is supposed to be away from you, should also be close to you.  Her mouth should be wide open and her mouth and chin should be close to your breast. You should ensure that most of the areola (the dark part, not just the nipple) is in the baby's mouth, especially the lower part. Once your baby's mouth is "latched on", your baby will suck long and hard and will be content. You will not be feel any pain in your nipple.

What happens if the baby is not positioned properly

If the baby is not positioned properly at the breast, she may refuse to feed and this may lead to a reduction in the production of milk. A bad position is also the cause of sore or cracked nipples. It is a myth that frequent suckling causes sore nipples. 

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