While breastfeeding comes naturally to your baby, it is a skill that you will find improves with practice. Once you've mastered it you'll find that breastfeeding is the easiest and most satisfying way to feed your baby.
It shouldn’t hurt, but you may feel some tenderness when your baby latches on in the first few weeks.
However you hold your baby to feed him, it's important to find a position which is comfortable for you and which allows your baby to latch on easily.
Encourage your baby to open his mouth really wide by lightly brushing his lips with your nipple. Once his mouth is open wide his head should be slightly tilted back so that his nose is at the level of your nipple.
Draw him onto the breast, chin first, so that at least half an inch of the breast below the base of the nipple goes in to his mouth. This way your nipple will be pointing towards the roof of your baby’s mouth.
If you feel comfortable the latch-on is good.
If you experience any discomfort or your milk doesn’t begin to flow, or if you feel pain when your milk does begin to flow, detach your baby gently from the breast by inserting a clean little finger in to his mouth between his jaw and tongue to release the suction, and then try again.
Your baby will suck without swallowing when he is first offered the breast. This sucking encourages your breast to let down milk.
Once the milk starts to flow, you will see your baby’s jaw working all the way back to his ear and his swallowing pattern will change from short sucks to long deep sucks with pauses.
If your baby is correctly latched on you will feel a deep pulling sensation in your breast.
If you have any questions or concerns about breastfeeding, there is a lot of help and support available.