Sitting or lying
You can sit or lie down to breast-feed.
How to breast-feed
Breast-feed your baby as follows:
- Put the baby’s belly against yours.
- Bring the baby with its nose to your nipple height.
- The baby opens its mouth and licks the nipple.
- The nipple and a large part of the areola are in the baby’s mouth.
- The baby’s lips are curled outwards. The baby sucks.
Signs that your baby is hungry
In the beginning, most babies feed about every 2 hours, then about every 4 hours. However, every baby is different. Feed the baby when it asks for it.
If your baby is hungry, it can give you 1 or more of the following signals:
- It moves its arms;
- It moves its mouth and tongue;
- It licks or sucks its hands;
- It is agitated;
- It cries.
To produce healthy breast-milk for your baby:
- Do not smoke
- Do not drink alcohol;
- Do not take drugs;
- Do not take medicines without consulting a doctor.
If you have HIV, you cannot breast-feed your baby.
If you cannot breast-feed, there are other ways to bond with your baby.