The most fundamental aspects of successful breastfeeding are good latch and position:
- Baby should take most of the areola — or the dark part of the nipple — into his mouth.
- Good alignment is present when Baby’s tummy is to Mommy and his ear, shoulder and hip are in a straight line.
- Practice patience! Give Baby time to open wide to take in a mouthful of breast.
- If the latch seems shallow, lazy or uncomfortable…try again!
The learning curve for breastfeeding is 2-3 weeks. Stay calm and focused — you WILL get this! Before long, Mom and Baby will have a well-choreographed routine — sliding into “perfect” position with ease.