5 steps for getting started with breastfeeding

Breastfeeding can be a rewarding and emotional bonding experience for you and your baby. Breast milk is packed full of everything your baby needs to grow and help fight off any infections. Below we have listed 5 useful tips for getting you started on your breastfeeding journey. 


Tummy to mummy – Lie your baby across your lap, facing you. Support your baby’s head with your forearm with your hand supporting the rest of their body. Allow their lower arm to fall under yours. Check your baby’s ear, shoulder and hip are in a straight line.


Nose to nipple – Line your baby’s nose up with your nipple so their head is tipped back and this should help your baby to make a wide, open mouth ready for latching on. 


Comfort is key – If it doesn’t feel right, try a different position such as the ‘rugby hold’. Once you have found your preferred feeding style, use cushions and footstools to help keep you both comfortable. 


Practise makes perfect - Breastfeeding takes practise for you and your baby. If you are having any concerns at all, speak with your midwife or health visitor and they will be able to give extensive advice and support on everything breastfeeding from latching on to different feeding positions.


Winding is winning -  There is a little myth that breastfed babies don’t need winding and whilst it’s true that breastfed babies don’t need winding as often as bottle fed babies, they may still need your help when it comes to get trapped wind out. Every baby is different and has a unique way of feeding, so look out for your baby's signals. If your baby cries or seems uncomfortable while nursing or after a feeding, she may need a little burping.