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What should I watch for when positioning my baby to breastfeed?

No matter how you’re holding your baby, watch for these two breastfeeding basics:
  1. Your baby’s mouth should be at the same level as your nipple. He shouldn’t have his chin on his chest or need to lift up his chin to grasp the nipple.
  2. Your baby’s chin should be in a straight line with his belly, not turned to the side. Make sure his belly is directly facing you and that his knees are touching you.
These basics make feeding easier for your baby. Check it for yourself: Take a sip of water with your chin on your chest or with your head turned to the side. It’s not easy to swallow, is it? Keeping your baby’s head straight helps him swallow easily and also helps make sure he gets enough of the nipple and breast into his mouth.

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