How do I know if my baby’s well attached?
- Your baby’s chin will be touching the breast.
- Your baby’s mouth will be wide open.
- You might not be able to see the areola (the darker area around the nipple) at all, or there will be more showing above the baby’s top lip.
- You might be able to see that the baby’s lower lip is curled back, although if your baby’s well positioned you might not be able to see.
- Your baby’s cheeks will be round and full and shouldn’t look sucked in or dimpled at all.
- There won’t be any smacking or slurping sounds.
- At first your baby’s suck might be quite fast but they will become slower and longer as you feed.
- You should feel quite a strong, drawing sensation, which might be a bit uncomfortable at first but it should be painless after a while.
- When your baby’s all full up, they should come off the breast feeling sleepy and satisfied.
Signs that your baby isn’t well attached
- Your baby’s cheeks are drawn in and dimpled.
- Experiencing pain while you are feeding.
- Your baby’s sucking rhythm doesn’t change and remains quick throughout the feed.
- If your baby is restless and keeps coming away from your breast, there is a problem with attachment.
Check the chart to see if breastfeeding is going well