Getting started breastfeeding

Here's a short extract from the diary of a new mum:

"I knew I wanted to breastfeed my baby. I knew it was natural. So I was surprised when baby James and I could not get the hang of it.

"I phoned a Breastfeeding Supporter. She gave us good ideas about how I was sitting and holding James. It was good to have someone to talk to."

How you sit or lie can make a difference to how well breastfeeding goes. So can how close you hold your baby as you feed. 

Sometimes a little difference in how the baby is feeding can make a big difference to how comfortable it is - and how easily your baby gets the milk.

Breastfeeding should be comfortable. It should not hurt.

How you hold your baby is called positioning. How your baby takes the breast is called latching, attaching or fixing.

If you want to speak to a Registered Breastfeeding Supporter, phone 0300 100 0210, from 9:30 am to 9:30 pm, any day of the year.

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