Helping Mothers Achieve a Safe and Pleasant Breastfeeding Experience

Nursing baby is no easy feat – and fortunately, our lactation consultant team is here to help you through any challenges. We offer a variety of breastfeeding tips and resources that can help you enjoy a safe and pleasant breastfeeding experience. In addition, we hold breastfeeding support groups on a regular basis and encourage you to attend these helpful sessions.

Tips to Help You Latch Your Baby to Breast

  • Find a comfortable breastfeeding position. Use pillows behind your back and under your arms and shoulders for additional support.
  • Securely snuggle your baby in your arm with baby facing toward your body “tummy to tummy”.
  • Bring the baby up to the level of your breast by putting a breastfeeding pillow under the baby.
  • Have one hand support the baby’s neck below the ears. The other hand supports the breast, well behind the areola (dark area around the nipple).
  • Have the baby’s chin pressed into your breast with your nipple just opposite the baby’s nose.
  • Tickle the baby’s upper lip with your nipple to make his/her mouth open wide.
  • Bring the baby to your breast quickly.
  • Your baby should latch onto the areola, not just the nipple. This is called a “deep latch” and will help the baby get more milk and reduce the chance of sore nipples.

If you feel discomfort during nursing, your baby may not have enough of your breast in his/her mouth. Insert your finger between the baby’s gums to break suction. Then re-latch your baby.

If your baby is sleepy, place him/her skin- to-skin between your breasts. Watch for feeding cues and offer breast at those times. Other tips for waking baby include:

  • Dim the lights.
  • Wash his/her bottom with a cool washcloth.
  • Massage/tickle the baby.
  • If your baby is crying, calm and soothe him/her before trying to breastfeed.

If you have any questions or problems with your breastfeeding latch, call or talk with a lactation consultant, healthcare provider or La Leche League. Most problems can be quickly fixed with a little help and practice.

Sources:

Lawrence, Ruth A. & Lawrence, Robert M. “Breastfeeding, A Guide for the Medical Professional,” Eighth edition, ELSEVIER, 2016.

Wambach, Karen and Riordan, Jan “Breastfeeding and Human Lactation,” Fifth edition, Jones & Bartlett, 2016