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Breastfeeding Latch – Top Tips

Let’s talk about getting a good breastfeeding latch 🤱

Getting a correct latch is essential to prevent sore nipples and make it possible for effective milk transfer in those early days!

Our little video clip below is an excellent example of a good latch!

Let's talk about getting a good breastfeeding latch🤱Getting a correct latch is essential to prevent sore nipples and make it possible for effective milk transfer in those early days!Our little video clip is an excellent example of a good latch!- Get yourself in a comfortable position- Place baby skin to skin- Have your baby's body facing you (tummy to tummy)- Have the palm of your hand in between baby's shoulders to help tilt baby's head back into a sniffing like position- Baby's bottom lip and chin against the breast, then touch your baby's upper lip with your nipple to help them open wide (like a yawn)- Quickly pull baby closer into you to latch on. Move baby to you, not your body and breast to baby.- Baby's mouth should cover most of the areola (the darker skin around the nipple), especially with the lower lip.How to tell if a baby is latched well?- Baby's chin is touching your breast, and nose is slightly tilted away- Baby's lips are flanged out- Clicking and smacking sounds may mean your baby is not latched properly- Watch for wide jaw movements- Listen for the sound of swallowing (after milk comes in)- Your nipple looks rounded when baby comes off the breast, it shouldn't look like a lipstick shape or flattened.Remember, practice makes perfect! This is a new skill for both you and baby, and it will take some time for the two of you to get in sync.Follow @newmomsforum for more hints and tips, and please tag any new mamas that may find this helpful!! #breastfeedingmoms #breastfeeding #breastfedbabies #newborn #breastfeedingstruggles #latchon #breastfeedinglatch #mothersmilk #breastfeedingtips #newmom #motherhood #momlife #newparents #lactation #breastfeedingsupport #pregnancy #lactationconsultant #maternity #welcomebabies #postpartum #lifeofanewmom #newmommy #encouragebreastfeeding #welcomebabieslactation #health

Posted by Newmomsforum on Thursday, April 15, 2021

Get yourself in a comfortable position

  • Place baby skin to skin
  • Have your baby’s body facing you (tummy to tummy)
  • Have the palm of your hand in between the baby’s shoulders to help tilt the baby’s head back into a sniffing like position
  • Baby’s bottom lip and chin against the breast, then touch your baby’s upper lip with your nipple to help them open wide (like a yawn)
  • Quickly pull baby closer into you to latch on. Move baby to you, not your body and breast to baby.
  • Baby’s mouth should cover most of the areola (the darker skin around the nipple), especially with the lower lip.
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How to tell if a baby is latched well?

  • Baby’s chin is touching your breast, and nose is slightly tilted away
  • Baby’s lips are flanged out
  • Clicking and smacking sounds may mean your baby is not latched properly
  • Watch for wide jaw movements
  • Listen for the sound of swallowing (after milk comes in)
  • Your nipple looks rounded when the baby comes off the breast, it shouldn’t look like a lipstick shape or flattened.

Remember, practice makes perfect! This is a new skill for both you and baby, and it will take some time for the two of you to get in sync.

Do you have your own tips to share? Post them below in our comments.

 

Originally posted 2021-04-16 09:06:04.

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Claire is our Community Manager here at New Moms Forum. A mom of two (almost grown-up babies), Claire has been building and operating community-based websites for almost 20 years. In her downtime, Claire enjoys spending time with her family and drinking copious amounts of red wine!

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