Tummy to Mommy, Nose to Nipple. This is enables the best latch and can be used in all different breastfeeding positions: cross-cradle, cradle, football, side-lying, and reclined. Baby's Best Chance has some good diagrams for positions (p 99).
** A good latch and position is most important in feeding baby, protecting against sore nipples and making a good milk supply**
Is baby’s mouth open wide?
Did baby latch deeply with a big mouthful of breast?
Are there pauses between sucks?
Do you hear swallowing? Swallows may sound like soft clicks
How many sucks before the baby swallows? They will become more frequent as your milk supply increases.
Seek advice and assistance if needed.
A baby does not have to be fully awake to latch and feed. Watch for early feeding cues such as stirring and stretching motions that happen before the baby is fully awake. The drowsy period is an ideal time for your baby to self attach. Some feeding cues include: