Breastfeeding and You

How to make Breastfeeding work for You.


  • Ensure uninterrupted skin to skin contact as soon as possible after birth.
  • Get the positioning of the baby and the attachment to the breast correct from the start. This will:

- reduce the risk of mum developing sore nipples, engorgement, blocked ducts, mastitis

- ensure baby gets satisfying feed

- ensure a good milk supply

  • Position your baby close to you, bring baby's nose to nipple, head and body aligned leaving the head free to back.
  • You have achieved good attachment when:


- baby's mouth is wide open and cheeks are rounded

- there is less areola visible below baby's bottom lip than above top lip

- baby's chin is touching breast and the nose is free

- baby is contented at the breast and you should hear deep sucks with swallows

- feeding is pain free


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Supported by Gold Community Partnership Surestart and Barnardo's.