It can take a while for you and your newborn to learn how to breastfeed but once you have mastered the skill it can be a wonderful, satisfying experience.
Having skin-to-skin contact immediately after the birth will encourage your baby to feed straight away.
The colostrum that your breasts naturally produce for your baby after the birth is the best food you can give her. This first milk contains everything your baby needs to thrive and grow and is also rich in the antibodies that will protect her from infection and help to make her immune system strong.
Breast milk is the only food your baby needs for the first six months of life because, as she grows, the natural composition of your breast milk will change to meet her needs.
The fat content of your milk increases as your baby feeds, so that as your breast empties the fat content is higher than at the beginning of the feed. Allowing your baby to empty the breast before offering the other one means that she will get both the lower fat milk (foremilk) at the beginning of the feed and the nutrient-rich higher fat milk (hind milk).
Babies who are feeding well will get the right intake and the right type of milk to satisfy their needs.
Feed your baby whenever she seems hungry - this could be as much about 10 to 12 times in 24 hours at first. By responding to her needs you will not only satisfy her hunger but will also be offering her reassurance and comfort.
Known as baby-led feeding, or "responsive feeding" - this will help to build up your milk supply and prevent your breasts from becoming uncomfortably full. Feeds can take any time from 10 to 40 minutes so make sure you are comfortable and that your baby is ‘latched on’ properly.
If you encounter any difficulties don't stop feeding, contact dedicated breastfeeding organisations for support such as La Leche League of India, CAPPA INDIA or Breastfeeding Promotion Network of India.