Tips for Successful Breastfeeding

Tips for Successful Breastfeeding

Most first-time mamas-to-be are anxious about one thing specifically—breastfeeding. How will I breastfeed? How does breastfeeding work? Breastfeeding is hard work, but the benefits to you and your baby are worth it. Remember, breastfeeding is a skill that mama and baby learn together.

Here are our tips to set you up for a successful breastfeeding journey. You got this!

  1. Skin-to-skin contact: Immediately after giving birth, cuddle that baby on your chest giving them skin-to-skin contact right away. Holding your baby close will help your body to start making milk and will wake up your baby's feeding reflexes. This means that your baby will start looking for your breast sooner and your body will make more milk. Plus, who doesn’t want to snuggle their newborn?!

  2. Look for hunger cues and feed on-demand: Watch your baby, not the clock. Try to look for your baby’s early signs of wanting to eat. And, if possible, get them that breast before they begin to cry because crying is a baby’s late indicator of hunger. Some hunger cues include sucking on their hand, making fists, lip-smacking, and turning their head to look for your breast (this is called the rooting reflex).

  3. Join a community: Connect with people that support breastfeeding. Many women give up breastfeeding early because they have questions and don’t know who to ask. By seeking support from like-minded women, you are more likely to keep up with breastfeeding for the long haul. Some support groups include: La Leche League International and Breastfeeding USA. You could also contact your local hospital for support groups that they facilitate. We are also willing to listen and help, feel free to email us at

  4. Enjoy the connection: There is no other feeling that compares to breast feeding your baby. Focus on your baby and enjoy this alone time you have together. That newborn smell, those little hands, look at what’s right in front of you. Let this time be just for you two. It won't last forever. 


As always, if you have any concerns or questions, consult a healthcare or lactation professional.

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