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Quick Tips: Successful Breastfeeding

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Topic Overview

Some aspects of breastfeeding may come naturally. But learning some breastfeeding skills and techniques can help you be more successful. Before your baby is born, take classes, read books, and watch videos that demonstrate breastfeeding techniques.

If you have concerns about your ability to breastfeed, talk to a lactation consultant while you are pregnant. After your baby is born, it is helpful to have one-on-one instruction with a lactation consultant or other knowledgeable health professional.

Get set up

Breastfeeding may go more smoothly in the first days and weeks if you and your baby are relaxed and comfortable.

Wake up baby

Having an alert baby will make it easier to get your baby to latch on. To wake your baby you can:

Get baby latched on

A proper latch helps prevent problems.

Provide a complete feeding

Let your baby feed until he or she is satisfied.


Credits for Quick Tips: Successful Breastfeeding

Current as of: February 23, 2022

Author: Healthwise Staff
Medical Review: Sarah Marshall MD - Family Medicine
Kathleen Romito MD - Family Medicine
Martin J. Gabica MD - Family Medicine
Adam Husney MD - Family Medicine
Kirtly Jones MD - Obstetrics and Gynecology


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