How to Breastfeed
Proper cradle hold positioning and latching-on help
Encourage Baby to Suck Effectively
In order to suck effectively, Baby must take a large portion of your areola into his mouth along with the nipple. Why? The milk sinuses that must be compressed in order to release the milk are located under the areola.
Again, these pointers can help ensure successful sucking:
- Baby’s gums should completely bypass the nipple and should cover all or most of the areola behind the nipple.
- Be sure your nipple is above his tongue.
- Baby should be pulled in so close that his chin is pressed into your breast.
- If Baby’s nose seems blocked by your breast, try lifting up your breast or pulling Baby’s body in closer to you rather than pressing down on the top of your breast.
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