Let’s be honest, breastfeeding can also have less pleasant sides to it ‒ for example, if your nipples become sore from the baby sucking at them. Particularly during the first few days of nursing your baby, your nipples need to adjust to the new situation.
At the start of the breastfeeding period it is important that a midwife or lactation counsellor shows you how to get your baby to latch on to your breast and how to remove the baby again in order to prevent your nipples from becoming sore.
How can I get my baby to latch on correctly?
Hold your breast in what is referred to as the “C” hold. Your fingers lie flat beneath your breast without touching the areola; your thumb is above the nipple. Now hold your breast to your baby’s mouth.
As soon as your baby opens his/her mouth widely, swiftly lead him/her to your breast, so that the mouth is covering the nipple and a large part of the areola.
Tip: Women with inverted or very flat nipples can draw them out shortly before breastfeeding by using a milk pump. This will make it easier for the baby to latch on. Also using a nipple shield during your baby’s first gulps can be helpful.
How do I remove my baby from the breast again?
As soon as your baby is full, you can carefully remove him/her from your breast using a little trick.
Push your little finger in the corner of your baby’s mouth. This will release the suction in his/her mouth and he/she will detach from the breast automatically.