Nursing doesn’t come naturally to every infant
and mom, but these tips can help. Your baby is more likely to latch well when she’s alert
and hungry. If she’s squirming or bringing her hand to her mouth, she may wanna eat.
To help your baby latch on comfortably, your nipple needs to go back far in her mouth.
Shape your breast so that your areola becomes an oval, then stroke your baby’s bottom lip
with your nipple. Once her mouth is wide open, guide her on to your breast. Her bottom lip
will cover most of the lower half of your areola, and her top lip will rest just a bit
above your nipple. Her head should be tilted back slightly with her chin pressed into your
breast and her nose free. You’ll know she’s eating comfortably if her hands and body are
relaxed. At that point, you can release your hand. If you feel pain, your baby probably
isn’t latched on deeply enough, which means she’s not using her jaw and tongue to massage
the milk out. To reposition her, place a finger between her gums on the side of her mouth
to break the seal, then try again.