How do I ensure that baby is latched on properly?

Your baby is latched on properly if your baby’s mouth is covering most of the areola and nipple, and baby’s tongue is not rolling upwards.

Tips on breastfeeding:

  • baby’s nose must not be blocked and chin must be touching breast
  • allow baby to suckle for about 10-15 minutes on each breast or till satisfied
  • practise room-in with baby whenever possible
  • feed baby upon demand or wake baby for feed if there is a lapse of 4 hours since the last feed during the day
  • detach baby from breast by inserting your finger into baby’s mouth to release suction
  • air or apply breastmilk, nipple cream on sore and tender nipples
  • always start with a different breast for each feed

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