How to know if you are breast-feeding correctly

Breast-feeding is a learned skill. As you first start breast-feeding, you may wonder if your baby is properly latched on to your breast and getting milk. View a slideshow on latching to learn how to get your baby to latch on.

Your baby is feeding well when:

  • His or her mouth is wide open, covering a lot of the areola, and the lips are curled out.
  • His or her chin and nose rest comfortably against the breast.
  • Suckling is deep and rhythmic, with short pauses. You should be able see and hear your baby swallowing.
  • You do not feel pain in your nipple after the session begins.

Last Updated: May 4, 2009

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