A Breastfeeding Checklist: Are You Nursing Correctly?

18 Jul 2016


Signs of Correct Nursing
         •  Your baby’s mouth is open wide with lips turned out.
         •  His chin and nose are resting against the breast.
         •  He has taken as much of the areola as possible into his mouth.
         •  He is suckling rhythmically and deeply, in short bursts separated by pauses.
         •  You can hear him swallowing regularly.
         •  Your nipple is comfortable after the first few suckles.

Signs of Incorrect Nursing
         •  Your baby’s head is not in line with his body.
         •  He is sucking on the nipple only, instead of suckling on the areola with the nipple far back in his mouth.
         •  He is sucking in a light, quick, fluttery manner rather than taking deep, regular sucks.
         •  His cheeks are puckered inward or you hear clicking noises.
         •  You don’t hear him swallow regularly after your milk production has increased.
         •  You experience pain throughout the feed or have signs of nipple damage (such as cracking or bleeding).

American Academy of Pediatrics (2015). A Breastfeeding Checklist: Are You Nursing Correctly? Healthy Children [Online]. Available: https://www.healthychildren.org/English/ages-stages/baby/breastfeeding/Pages/A-Breastfeeding-Checklist-Are-You-Nursing-Correctly.aspx [Nov.21, 2015]

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