Becoming a new parent is confusing enough as it is.  One of the questions we hear over and over again is "How do I know if I am nursing correctly?"  Here are a few clues that will give you the confidence you need when breastfeeding:

Signs of Correct Nursing

  • Your baby’s mouth is open wide with lips turned out like a fish.
  • His chin and nose are resting against the breast.
  • He has taken as much of the areola as possible into his mouth.

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  • He is suckling rhythmically, in short bursts with pauses in between.
  • He swallows regularly.
  • Your nipple is comfortable within the first minute of feeding.

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.

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  • He is sucking in a light, quick, fluttery manner rather than taking deep, regular sucks.
  • Milk leaks from baby's mouth
  • 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).


Source: New Mother's Guide to Breastfeeding, 2nd Edition (Copyright © 2011 American Academy of Pediatrics)

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