How to help establish breast-feeding

Nursing tips for new mums


Skin to skin

Not all babies are ready to feed straight after delivery, and it's not always possible if either of you are receiving medical assistance, so don't panic if it takes longer than expected. Accept all available support to get feeding off the ground, and insist on as much private time with your baby as you need, for skin to skin contact. This will help your baby feel safe, secure and familiarise him or herself with the breast.

Calming baby

Sitting with your baby in a warm bath practising skin to skin can really encourage them to latch if they are displaying reluctance or frustration. The steam and relaxing quiet of the water can really help them find their own pace.

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