New mothers will hear lots about getting a "good latch" in the first weeks of breastfeeding. There are some finer points to this, but the main thing is that babies do not "latch onto" (suck) the actual nipple. They suck on the pink part around the nipple which is called the areola. The full milk ducts are under the areola. When these are squeezed by the force of the baby's sucking, the milk comes out through the nipple. If the baby sucks on the nipple, no milk ducts are being squeezed and soon mom will be in AGONY. And the nipples will become sore and even chapped and bloody. So get as much of that areola into the little baby's mouth as you can.
2. The More You Feed, The More You Make
If you feed frequently, your body will make lots of milk. If you feed infrequently and supplement with formula, your body will make less milk. It's the simple law of supply and demand. Your body is smart, if the baby sucks (from hunger), it makes milk (to sate that hunger).Read More »from 3 Things to Know About Breastfeeding Before You Start