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Breastmilk is best for a baby's first six months

0-6 months

Breastfeeding positions

Here are some different breastfeeding positions.

Swapping sides

Swap sides for feeding, even if your baby doesn’t like it at first. Swapping helps make sure your breasts do not become swollen or full up.

Attaching and burping

Gently brush your baby’s mouth with the tip of your nipple. This encourages your baby to open his mouth wide. Squeezing your breast might help your baby take in more of your nipple area. This might make it easier for him to attach.

After feeding, hold your baby up and rub his back to help let any wind out.

If your breasts are sore try something warm, like a warm, wet cloth, to soothe your breasts. If your breasts or nipples are still sore, see the health centre staff.

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