Place your baby in one of the breastfeeding positions (outline below). Put the thumb of your free hand on top of your breast and your other fingers below. Touch your babys lips to your nipple until your baby opens their mouth wide. Put your nipple all the way in your babys mouth and pull your baby close to you.
How do I start breastfeeding after birth?
Its best to try to breastfeed your baby in the first hour after birth. By latching on and sucking rhythmically, he begins switching on the cells in your breasts to initiate your milk supply. It isnt known as the magic hour for nothing!
How long does it take for a newborn to learn to breastfeed?
Day 1. Most full-term, healthy babies are ready and eager to begin breastfeeding within the first half hour to 2 hours after birth. This first hour or 2 is an important time for babies to nurse and be with their mothers.