This may encourage her to breastfeed when she might otherwise never even start. Once baby opens wide (like a yawn), help them onto your breast by gently—and quickly—pushing against their back. Baby rejecting the breast makes mom stress, a signal baby picks up on, making him battle the breast even more fiercely, making her even more stressed, and so on. Some ways to encourage teen moms to breastfeed: Suggest that she try breastfeeding for a few days or weeks. Breastfeeding advice tends to be packaged into neat maxims ― breast is best; babies under 12 months don’t self-wean ― but sayings don’t take into account that every mother and every baby is different. Unless she brings up how long she plans to nurse, you might want to avoid discussing long-term commitments to breastfeeding. Babies have to use different techniques to latch and draw milk from bottles and breasts. Learn what makes a good latch, see different breastfeeding holds, and find out how to tell if your baby is getting enough breastmilk. Encourage the baby to hold their mouth the same way for bottle and breast. But this doesn’t mean that more or fewer feedings indicates a problem. (Try this with your palm on their back and fingers behind their ears—babies tend to get peeved if you simply shove their heads from behind.) Avoid being judgmental. Instead, try (with the above strategies and the calming help of your lactation consultant) taking a more relaxed approach, one that never pushes your breast on your reluctant baby. Offer the breast for comfort any time you see a chance- at the end of a feeding when baby is not hungry, when baby is going to sleep or just waking up, when baby is asleep, and whenever he needs to comfort suck If your baby is actively resisting nursing, then try encouraging comfort nursing after baby is comfortable with skin-to-skin contact. As Smith put it: “I wouldn’t have a job if it worked perfectly for everybody.” Breastfeeding may be natural, but it's also a skill that takes practice. Breastfeeding your new baby 8 to 12 times a day can help establish and maintain milk production. • Help baby out. Nipples that are on bottles are different from the shape and feel of a mother’s breast.