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How do I breastfeed my baby correctly?

This film is part of the series "How To Breast Feed Your Baby Correctly"

How To Breast Feed Your Baby Correctly

Rebecca Charlton (Lactation Educator & Registered Dietitian, Childrens Hospital Los Angeles) gives expert video advice on: How do I breastfeed my baby correctly?

How do I breastfeed my baby correctly?

There really is no correct way to breastfeed a baby. There are as many different positions as there are wiggles that a baby can do. Your body and the baby's body will figure out a way to work together. However, if you're a brand new mother and you have no idea how to go about the process, the very best thing to do is to sit in a chair and get comfortable. Get one leg higher than the other one. Take your baby, just so that you're planning, and you're supporting its head and its back, and put it in the cradle hold, which is just a very natural way to hold babies when breasfeeding. If your leg is crossed or up on a stool, the baby's head is at the perfect level so that it will just naturally find the nipple and latch on. If you're large breasted, you're going to have to support yourself a little bit. If you're small breasted, you may have to guide the baby a little bit. For the most part, once your knee is higher than your navel and the baby's in a cradle hold, you and the baby are going to be in the proper position for latch and a successful breastfeeding session.