How to Breastfeed Properly How to breastfeed properly Before breastfeeding, squeeze a little breast milk and rub it around nipples and breast prop. Place the baby facing mother’s body or breast. Hold the breast with thumb on the upside and use other fingers to support from downside. Do not squeeze only nipples or only breast prop. Stimulate baby to open his mouth. Once the baby open his mouth, quickly bring his head closer to mother’s breast and put nipples and areola inside his mouth. Remove baby’s suction After breastfeeding, squeeze a little breast milk and rub it around nipples and breast prop, then let it dry out on its own. Various breastfeeding positions Proper breastfeeding position Prop baby’s whole body, not just his neck and head. Position baby’s head and body in one straight line. Baby’s body should face mother’s body. Baby’s body should be close to mother’s body. Do not swaddle your baby and take off her mittens Mothers’ skills in baby positioning and babies learning to suckle ‘Rooting’ reflex (reflex to search for nipples). If something touches the baby’s cheek or lips, he will open his mouth while sticking out his tongue. Suckling reflex. If something touch his mouth ceiling, baby will start to suckle. Swallowing reflex. If his mouth is full of breast milk, baby will swallows. Touch baby’s lips so he will open his mouth widely. Pull baby closer so his chin and lower lips will press again mother’s breast. Try to put as much areola as possible in baby’s mouth.