• Sit or lie down comfortably with your back supported
  • Make sure your baby has one arm on either side of your breast, as you pull the baby close
  • Support the baby’s back and shoulders firmly. Do not push on the back of the baby’s head.
  • Baby’s ear, shoulder and hip are in a straight line and baby’s body is facing you
  • You and your baby should be in a comfortable position
  • You may find it helpful to use some pillows to support your arm
  • Hold your breast with your thumb on top of your breast and fingers below, well away from the areola
  • Pointing the nipple upward, tickle baby’s upper lip until he opens his mouth wide
  • Be patient, sometimes this takes a minute or two
  • Baby’s head is slightly tilted back
  • Baby’s chin should approach the breast first
  • Lower lip should be positioned further from the nipple than the top lip
  • When the baby opens wide, quickly and gently pull him toward your breast
  • Good latch-on is a learned response. Be patient with yourself and your baby

Common Breastfeeding Positions:

  • Football
  • Lying down
  • Cradling
  • Across the lap
  • Cross cradling

Signs of a Good Latch

  • Baby sucks actively at the breast
  • Mouth is open wide
  • Lips are flanged or turned outward
  • You may hear swallowing
  • Baby’s chin is touching your breast (nose may also be touching)
  • You should feel a tugging at the breast but no “toe-curling” pain after the first few sucks – absence of pinching or biting pain
  • All the nipple and as much of the areola as possible in baby’s mouth
  • Tongue over lower gum
  • Baby stays on breast
  • Cheeks are rounded