How do I breastfeed?

It all starts with the latch. Here's a step-by-step guide on how to breastfeed your baby.

Photo: iStock
Photo: iStock

1. Support your breast with one hand, keeping a finger or your thumb on top and your other fingers back from the nipple. With your baby in a comfy position, aim your nipple at his nose.

2. The curve of your breast will rub against the baby’s mouth. Wait for him to open wide.

3. As he takes in the breast, use your finger or thumb to help tuck the nipple under his top lip and jaw so he gets a large mouthful of breast, with the nipple at the back of his mouth.

4. As he latches, pull him in close. His head should be tipped back, with his chin buried in your breast and his nose clear.

A version of this article appeared in our April 2015 issue with the headline, “Your top 10 most googled parenting questions,” p.67

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