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Positioning & Attachment

When learning how to breastfeed getting the position and attachment right will help make feeding pain-free for you, establish a good milk supply and enable your baby to thrive.

There are lots of different positions for breastfeeding. You just need to check the following, whichever position you are using:

Are your baby’s head and body in a straight line?
If not, your baby might not be able to swallow easily.

Are you holding your baby close to you?
Support their neck, shoulders, and back and avoid putting pressure on the back of your baby’s head. Your baby should be able to tilt their head back easily and open their mouth wide. They shouldn’t have to reach out to feed.

Are you comfortable?
It’s worth getting comfortable before a feed, although it’s ok to change your position slightly once the baby is attached to the breast. A footstool and cushions might help. Make sure if you use cushions that your baby isn’t positioned too high to feed from your breast.

Is your baby’s nose opposite your nipple?
Your baby needs to get a big mouthful of breast from underneath the nipple. Placing your baby with their nose level with your nipple will allow them to reach up and attach to the breast well.

Take a look at these videos for more support:

If you are confident that your baby’s positioning and attachment are good and your baby is still struggling to feed, it would be good to have a full feeding assessment at one of our infant feeding clinics as there may be a restriction to their tongue movement (tongue tie).

Who Can Help?

It’s great to meet up with other breastfeeding mums to build your confidence and share experiences.

In Norfolk there is a great Facebook page called ‘Breastfeeding Mum Meets’ which is a closed group for mums. It provides support as well as arranging regular meets ups with other mums: *Click Here*

Your Midwife or Health Visitor may have given you details of local support available already. If you have any other questions or concerns you can contact the Healthy Child Programme by calling Just One Number on 0300 300 0123 or texting Parentline on 07520631590. Our opening hours are 8am-6pm Monday-Friday (excluding bank holidays) and 9am-1pm on Saturdays. We have weekly infant feeding assessment clinics across the county and trained practitioners who are available to help at home when needed.

If your baby is less than 28 days old you can also contact your local Midwifery team.

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