Breastfeeding - how do I get started?

First, pour yourself a cup of water, and put it where you can reach it. Breastfeeding can make you thirsty.

Then find a comfortable place to sit, where you can hold your baby in a position that won't make your arms and back ache. Make sure that your back is supported and that you are not leaning back.

Have some pillows or blankets nearby to help you to support your baby. Try different positions. Many mothers find cradling their baby across their chest, raised up on a cushion or pillow, works well. Do what's most comfortable for you.

When you're both in a relaxed position, it's time to get your baby ‘latched on' and feeding.

Your baby's feed can take anything from five to 40 minutes. If you find noise distracting, find somewhere quiet. If you get bored, try feeding with the radio on or sit with a friend for company.

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