World Breastfeeding Week 2019: Step By Step Guide On How To Breastfeed A Baby

There can be nothing better than the mother's breast milk for a new born. It is recommended to exclusively breastfeed the baby for the first six months. For guidance on how to breastfeed, read on.

Tavishi Dogra
Written by: Tavishi DograUpdated at: Aug 03, 2019 15:06 IST
World Breastfeeding Week 2019: Step By Step Guide On How To Breastfeed A Baby

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'Breast milk' is considered as the best food for a baby. It's just the bread and butter to your kid. Some women choose to breastfeed and meanwhile, others are not. But do you know, when you choose to breastfeed, you are just giving your kid a bright, better and healthier future. Breast milk is the perfect diet that is customized just for your baby's needs. You can't just compare breast milk with any other food source. Breast milk keeps your child healthy, it provides all the needed nutrients in actual amounts. When it comes to being a mother, one must always be sure about how to breastfeed an infant. Here we provide you the best tips for breastfeeding.

Breast milk contains more than 400 nutrients, several hormones and disease-fighting compounds. Its nutritional make-up changes with the baby's needs. Feeding only breastmilk for up to six months is particularly good for your baby. Breast milk protects the baby from sickness, allergies and infections and also obesity. Following tips for breastfeeding can make it even more simple a task.

Tips For Breastfeeding

How to Breastfeed a Baby Step 1: Know When It's Time

Most times, crying is a late sign of hunger. Watch for signs such as rooting, licking of lips, touching the mouth with hands, etc in your baby to be sure that he/she is hungry. Your baby's needs will change as the baby grows. You might have to breastfeed more frequently or for longer duration. Don't watch the clock and go according to your instincts while feeding your baby.

How to Breastfeed a Baby Step 2: Get Comfortable

Breastfeeding your baby may take longer than you anticipate. Your baby may take anything from 5 to 45 minutes to feed. So, sit in a comfortable position and in a place where you can feed your baby for as long as is needed. You may also find it difficult to breastfeed when someone is around. If your baby is easily distracted by noise, you should find a quiet place.

How to Breastfeed a Baby Step 3: Hold Your Baby Right

Since breastfeeding may take long, holding the baby in the wrong position may cause problems such as back ache. Hold your baby in a comfortable position with the help of some cushions or pillows for support. Laid-back breastfeeding is considered a comfortable and safe position to breastfeed. You will be lying on your back while your baby rests on your body. Your baby can feed without any discomfort as your hands are still free to support him/her. You may also choose a position that suits the both of you.

How to Breastfeed a Baby Step 4: Let your Baby Latch Properly

If your baby is unable to get a mouthful of your breast, it may be hard for him/her to be fed properly. It may even leave the baby hungry. Pay attention to how and when your baby latches on so that he/she gets proper nutrition.

How to Breastfeed a Baby Step 5: Don't Let it Hurt

At times the latching may hurt but you don't need to sit through it. Just break the suction by gently inserting your little finger between your baby's mouth and your breast and let the baby try latching again.

Tips for Breastfeeding: Don't Smoke

Don't smoke before or during breastfeeding as smoking can reduce the milk supply. Apart from posing severe risks for health problems, it can also affect the taste of the milk as well your baby's sleep. Even secondhand smoke can increase the risk of problems such as sudden infant death syndrome, childhood asthma, bronchitis and pneumonia.


  • Exclusive breastfeeding is recommended for first 6 months.
  • Make sure you are comfortable every time you breastfeed.
  • Don't smoke or come around secondhand smoke while breastfeeding.
  • Try to understand when your baby wants his next feed.

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