Breastfeeding Tips

Breastfeeding Tips

Things to remember:

  • Breast milk production is based on supply and demand. 
  • The goal is to drain each breast fully- this will stimulate the feedback system in order to keep up with baby’s demands
  • Feedings will not always take the same amount of time - sometimes they will “snack” for a few minutes, then want to feed again in 30 minutes or so. This is okay and all part of the regulation of milk.

Latch and positioning:

  • Support the back of the infant during feedings by keeping your thumb and finger on your baby's ears and supporting the back with the palm of your hand.
    • Remember to keep them in a neutral position: chest to chest, head straight not turned to the side, and neck slightly extended
  • Rub the “tip of the nip on the top lip” and when your baby opens wide and their jaw is down, quickly bring your baby onto the breast.
    • Think about taking a bit out of a sandwich - let lower jaw touch below the base of the nipple first, then bring baby's head down on the rest of the areola and nipple
    • When your baby is latched properly you will feel pulling, suction & pressure. It should NOT be painful!

Nipple pain:

  • Nipples will be tender and sore for the first week or so, but then toughen up quickly. 
    • Saline soaks, silver breast shields, coconut oil or nipple balms, and especially breast milk itself can be rubbed/placed on the nipples to help with soreness.
  • If you’re having severe nipple pain, flattening of the nipple after the baby comes off, blistering/bleeding/cracked nipples - please contact us so we can assist you as these are not normal.


  • If your infant is pokey at the breast, not very vigorous, you’re not hearing good swallows frequently through the feeding, and your breasts are still full, heavy or achy after a feeding then I recommend pumping to empty the breast.
  • If you plan to offer bottles at any point down the road, I recommend starting to pump once daily around 3 weeks of age to start building a supply for your freezer. 
    • You can offer bottles a few times a week to allow the infant to get used to bottle feeding.
    • Here is a good video on how to pace the feeding from a bottle

When to worry?

  • If your baby is not making at least 1 wet diaper per day of life, or 6-8 wet diapers per day after 1 week of life.
  • If your baby is inconsolable - will not calm or stop crying, or take a pacifier, breast, bottle, etc.
  • If your baby is < 3 months old and has a fever > 100.3

Breastfeeding resources

  • → Great resource for breastfeeding questions
  • → IBCLC supported website with breastfeeding evidence based information