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How to Breastfeed
Babies use their lips, gums, and tongue to suckle (take milk from the breast). Your baby is born with an instinct for suckling — you can support your baby's natural instincts.
Offering Your Breast
Hold your breast with your thumb on top and fingers underneath. Gently touch your nipple to your baby's lips. When you see your baby open her mouth wide, quickly bring the baby to your breast and take slow, deep breaths. This will help the milk flow.
Turn the baby's entire body toward you, with her nose and chin against the breast. Be sure your baby's tongue is under your nipple. The nipple and as much as possible of the areola (the dark ring around your nipple) should be in your baby's mouth. If a latch pinches or hurts, gently release and try again.
Releasing the Latch
Slip your finger into the corner of your baby's mouth. Don't take the baby off your breast until you've felt a decrease in suction.