How to Get a Good Breastfeeding Latch

Make breastfeeding easier by mastering the latch.


Nursing doesn't come naturally to every infant and mom, but these tips can help. Your baby is more likely to latch well when she's alert and hungry. If she's squirming or bringing her hand to her mouth, she may wanna eat. To help your baby latch on comfortably, your nipple needs to go back far in her mouth. Shape your breast so that your areola becomes an oval, then stroke your baby's bottom lip with your nipple. Once her mouth is wide open, guide her on to your breast. Her bottom lip will cover most of the lower half of your areola, and her top lip will rest just a bit above your nipple. Her head should be tilted back slightly with her chin pressed into your breast and her nose free. You'll know she's eating comfortably if her hands and body are relaxed. At that point, you can release your hand. If you feel pain, your baby probably isn't latched on deeply enough, which means she's not using her jaw and tongue to massage the milk out. To reposition her, place a finger between her gums on the side of her mouth to break the seal, then try again.

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