King Edward Memorial Hospital
Breastfeeding Centre of WA
Helping your baby to breastfeed
- How you and your baby are positioned may help him/her to latch on more easily.
- Make yourself comfortable, unwrap your baby and remove clothing that may come between you both. Leave baby’s hands free to move.
- Lie baby on your chest or next to your breast. Baby’s whole body needs to be facing you.
- Baby’s chin is on the breast and your nipple is above baby’s top lip, opposite the nose.
- Baby’s bottom lip and chin should be firmly contacting the breast below the nipple.
- Wait for baby to respond with a wide-open mouth and latch on.
- If baby is unable to latch on, seek guidance from a lactation consultant (see Support Services).