Breastfeeding – Part 2 – Latch on
Getting your baby to latch
Experts recommend that you try to latch your baby onto your breast as soon as possible after birth when the baby is usually quite alert. Correct positioning of your baby is the key to successful breastfeeding.
Positioning your baby
Baby’s head must be tilted back for the mouth to open wide enough to take in the nipple and the bigger part of the areola (the brown circle around the nipple). The chin must touch the breast first.
How to get the mouth to open wide
Hold your baby by the nape of the neck between the thumb and first finger. This will allow the head to tilt back for the mouth to open wide. The head and the body must be in a straight line across your chest. Now bring your baby closer towards you.