Skip to main content

How to get your baby to latch on for breast-feeding

1. Support your baby along the back with your arm. Hold the back of their neck and bring them up to your breast. Line up your nipple with your baby’s nose. When they smell your milk, they’ll open their mouth. While your baby is young, you can stroke the cheek with the breast. When you do this, they should turn towards your nipple.

2. If your baby does not “latch on”, support your breast with your hand and guide them on to it so that your nipple goes into their mouth. Your baby’s sucking will make your breasts produce milk, so the more eagerly they feed, the more milk there will be. You won’t run out.

3. A breast-feeding baby creates a strong vacuum on the breast. When they’ve finished, you may need to release their grip on the nipple by easing your little finger into the corner of their mouth. Never pull your nipple away as this will make it sore, and soreness may deter you from breast-feeding.

Simply Better Births allows new Mums to talk to a midwife online about any problems they may be having with breastfeeding their baby. It is much easier for a new Mum to seek online breastfeeding advice or getting a midwife to come to the house.

Visit to learn more about receiving breast feeding advice from top private midwives in the UK.

If you want more information about feeding your baby or any advice at all from a private midwife in the UK please contact Simply Better Births on 0844 880 1084 or