A Breastfeeding Checklist: Are You Nursing Correctly?

Signs of Correct Nursing

  • Your baby’s mouth is open wide with lips turned out.
  • His chin and nose are resting against the breast.
  • He has taken as much of the areola as possible into his mouth.
  • He is suckling rhythmically and deeply, in short bursts separated by pauses.
  • You can hear him swallowing regularly.
  • Your nipple is comfortable after the first few suckles.

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.
  • He is sucking in a light, quick, fluttery manner rather than taking deep, regular sucks.
  • 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).
Last Updated
11/21/2015
Source
New Mother’s Guide to Breastfeeding, 2nd Edition (Copyright © 2011 American Academy of Pediatrics)

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