Starting a feed

There are various ways to start a feed. You can let your baby find the breast herself (intuitive breastfeeding) or you can actively help her. The intuitive approach makes use of the baby’s natural reflexes. She moves towards the breast and latches on by herself.

Intuitive breastfeeding / laid-back

You sit or lie half-upright with your upper body comfortably supported by cushions. The baby lies on her tummy on your naked breast; she may be either naked or dressed.
Wait and see what she does. If she’s hungry she will start to search for the breast and latch on by herself after a few attempts. Give her time; it may help to move her a little.

Active latch-on

If your baby is finding it difficult to take the breast it can be helpful to give her active support when latching on.

Holding your breast Bild

Hold your breast with your free hand so that four fingers are underneath and supporting it well. Place your thumb above the areola.

If the breast is very full and your baby is finding it hard to fit enough breast tissue into her mouth, it may be helpful to push the skin forwards slightly. This makes the areola more elastic and enables the baby to latch on more easily.

Putting your baby to the breast

Putting your baby to the breast 1

Position your baby so that your nipple is pointing towards her nose. Her head is tipped back slightly. Her chin and lower lip are touching your breast.

Putting your baby to the breast 2

Your nipple touches her upper lip. This causes the baby to open her mouth wide.

Putting your baby to the breast 3
When her mouth is wide open, bring the baby quickly but gently to your breast. The nipple and most of the areola should be in the baby’s mouth. Her upper and lower lips are pushed out and her chin and the tip of her nose are touching your breast.
If you feel intense pain at the start of the feed it means your baby is not in the ideal position. Release her from the breast with your finger and start again.