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