What are the various ways to understand, whether you are nursing the baby properly or not?

What are the various ways to understand, whether you are nursing the baby properly or not?

Health professionals suggest that nursing or breastfeeding begin within the first hour of a baby’s life and continue as often, and as much as the baby wants. Its positive impacts can be seen not only on the infant but also on the mother, parents and ultimately the health care system.

Once you get past the initial trial-and-error days of finding the best system for you, nursing becomes one of the most rewarding responsibilities of motherhood. And breastfeeding offers lots of benefits to both you and your baby-giving both of you a head-start to a healthy future.

Here are some simple ways to understand as to how to nurse a baby properly.

In the beginning, it might take quite a few tries to get your baby into the right position-but keep trying.

First, it’s essential to know a good latch, because the improper latch is a common discomfort. Baby’s mouth should cover both your nipples and the areola, so that the baby’s mouth, tongue and lips massage milk out of your milk glands. Sucking only on one nipple will not only leave your infants hungry because the glands that secrete the milk won’t be compressed, but it will also make your nipples sore and cracked

mother hugs his baby to chest

Here are few tips on how to latch your baby properly

• Hold your baby facing your breasts, with the front of her body facing tummy to tummy.
• His head and his body should be in line so that it helps in swallowing easily.

• Tickle your baby’s lips with your nipple to encourage baby to open wide, like a yawn. If your baby isn’t opening up, try to squeeze some colostrums (and later, milk on to her lips.

• If your baby turns away, gently stroke the cheek on the side nearest to you. So that the rooting reflex will make the baby turn his head towards your breast.

• Bring baby forward towards your breast, once her mouth is open wide. Don’t lean over and push it into baby’s mouth-let your baby take initiative to keep holding your breast until the baby has a firm grip and is sucking well.

• You’ll know you got a proper latch when baby’s chin and the tip of her nose are touching your breast. Baby’s lips will be flared outwards, like fish lips, rather than tucked in. check that he isn’t sucking on his lips or tongue (because newborn will suckle anything) by pulling her lower lip while nursing.

• Watch for suckling (that is, extracting breast milk or colostrums from your breast), not just sucking (gumming your nipple). if the baby is suckling, you’ll see a strong, steady suck-swallow-breath pattern. You’ll also notice a rhythmic motion in the baby’s cheek jaw and ear. Once the milk oozes, you will be able to listen to the gulping and swallowing sounds. If you listen to clicking noises, it means the baby is not latched properly.

Is your baby having trouble properly latching on?

Solve this problem by carefully and gently inserting a clean finger into the corner of her mouth or by pressing on your breast near his mouth. Then begin the lip tickling and let her latch on again, properly (with the nipple and the areola in the mouth)


You may have heard short feeds prevent soreness and cracking, which usually doesn’t come from feeding too long, but from getting into a less-than-ideal position. So instead of setting time limits on each feed, let the baby take her time at the breast (and expect feedings to belong initially)

• It usually lasts 20 to 30 minutes
• Drain one breast fully
• Wait until the baby’s signals she is done


Feeding babies when they are hungry (on demand) rather than when the clock says to (on a schedule) is ultimately best for breastfeeding success. But since babies usually aren’t born hungry (their appetite usually picks up on the third day), chances are there won’t be much demand at the first. Which means you have to initiate-even-push at first.

A newborn should have at least 8 to 12 feedings a day, even if the demand isn’t up to that level yet, for the first few weeks.
Feeding patterns may vary from baby to baby, however, you need to nurse a little more or less frequently.

Don’t get concerned or surprised if your formula-feeding or supplementary foods say they’re newborn who eat far less often. Breast milk is easily digestible than formula milk. They feel hungry and thirsty more sooner.

Signs baby’s hungry:

• Nuzzling against your breast
• Sucking furiously on that baby’s hand
• Opening her mouth
• Sucking on her lips or tongue
• Making lip-smacking sounds
• If she doesn’t cry, it will typically be a short, low-pitched well that rises and falls

Breastfeeding positions:-

Cradle hold: Positioning your baby, so that your headrests in the bend of your elbow of the arm on the side, you’ll be breastfeeding, with the same hand and compress it very gently so that the nipple points towards baby’s nose.


Side-lying position: a good position if you are nursing in the middle of the night. Lie down on the side with a pillow under your head. And let her face you.

Football hold: hold your baby with that arm(on a pillow to lift her) and use other hands to cup your breast

Laid-back position (‘biological nurturing”): In this position, you lean back comfortably on a couch or bed with pillows supporting your upper back, neck, and head. Place baby on you, tummy to tummy, lying on your chest in any comfortable direction, with the baby’s cheek on your breast.

The idea of this nursing position is to take advantage of gravity and naturally let baby seeks out your nipple, but you can also hold your breast and point it towards the mouth to encourage latching. This is the greatest breastfeeding position for newborns, babies who throw up a lot and infants who are gassy or have ultra-sensitive stomachs. It also leaves your hands free to cuddle and caress your little one.


Here are few tips on how to latch your baby properly



Signs baby’s hungry

Breastfeeding Positions

Cradle hold

Side-lying position

Laid-back position (‘biological nurturing”)


Malathi A Ganesh is a B. Com Graduate, NTT, M.A (Lit), PGDEA (PG in Education Administration), PGDCA (PG Diploma in Computer Application), DTE (Diploma in Teaching English), ICEPT (International Certificate in Education Preschool Teaching) from Singapore and B. Ed. She has been in the field of education for the past 20 years and has an experience of running her own pre-school She is the Founder & Director Academics of Smartkidz Educare India Pvt Ltd with 275+ play schools Pan India. She is an Educationist and a Child Psychologists by profession who wants to fulfill her dream of giving Quality Education to children in their earlier years. She is also into conducting positive parenting workshops, which talks about effective child rearing. She has conducted numerous parenting workshops in all her pre schools, schools and MNC’s.

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