Some aspects of breast-feeding may come naturally. But learning some breast-feeding skills and techniques can help you be more successful. Before your baby is born, take classes, read books, and watch videos that demonstrate breast-feeding techniques.
If you have concerns about your ability to breast-feed, talk to a lactation consultant while you are pregnant. After your baby is born, it is helpful to have one-on-one instruction with a lactation specialist or other knowledgeable health professional.
Breast-feeding may go more smoothly in the first days and weeks if you and your baby are relaxed and comfortable.
Having an alert baby will make it easier to get your baby to latch on. To wake your baby you can:
A proper latch helps prevent problems.
Let your baby feed until he or she is satisfied.
|Primary Medical Reviewer||Sarah Marshall, MD - Family Medicine|
|Specialist Medical Reviewer||Mary Robbins, RNC, IBCLC - Lactation Consultant|
|Last Revised||April 13, 2011|
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