Breastfeeding is one of the earliest and most natural ways a new mother can bond with her newborn. This is the first way to get to know your baby. It's important to remember that breastfeeding is new to your baby as well as you, and it may take enough practice for both of you until you do it right. Here are some ways to make sure you are doing the right thing as a mother –
If everything else goes smoothly, your baby's first breastfeeding could be right after birth. It's important to make sure you both are comfortable. Your baby's 'mouth fit' means you are comfortable and your baby will get a good dose too.
You may need to support your breast from the bottom up, but make sure that your fingers are not near your nipple or circle as this can prevent your baby from filling his mouth.
Do not try to 'put' nipples into your baby's mouth - this is 'baby to breast' and not 'breast to baby', so bring them out when your baby's mouth is wide open.
Even at this early stage, the way your baby feeds on your breast milk is very important.
If not done properly, breastfeeding can be painful for you and unsatisfactory consumption for your baby. If your baby doesn't want it, offer the unused breast next time.
Sometimes, massaging the breast to increase the flow of milk can help.
It can be quite difficult in the beginning, and having a midwife with you can be helpful and guide in holding your baby properly.