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How Do I Get Started With Breastfeeding?

How Do I Get Started With Breastfeeding?

Your Baby's Very First Feed

Most babies are alert and ready to latch almost straight after birth, but some may want to take their time. All babies are unique, so no two breastfeeding experiences will be the same. You might be able to start the first feed by yourselves, or you might need a little help from your midwife. Make sure to ask for the help if you need it!

Watch this short video on the early stages of breastfeeding:

Skin-to-Skin

Getting started with breastfeeding is an exciting time. By holding your baby on your chest, immediately after birth, the skin-to-skin contact will help calm and relax both you and your baby. The first hour after birth is key and will really help you get off to a good start with breastfeeding. Watch this short video on the importance of skin-to-skin contact:

 

Latching

Latching on well is the key to successful breastfeeding. Your baby will find it easier to feed well if they are latched on or attached well. It will be more comfortable for you and baby. Feeding should not be painful. If it is, make sure to talk to your midwife about latching.

Step 1 Place your nipple between their upper lip and nose. Tickle their nose with the tip of your nipple.

Step 2
Your baby will tilt their head back, opening their mouth so they can reach for the nipple.

Step 3 With a good latch, they will snuggle up close and feed well.
For more breastfeeding support and advice, visit breastfeeding.ie

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