This page is dedicated to the Latching On Method that works for you.
The main idea is to get your breast and nipple positioned deeply in your baby’s mouth, for a proper latch on.
The good news: There is no single, right way to attach a baby to a breast. Anything that helps your baby suck deeply and comfortably, and ends in good milk transfer, is the “right” breastfeeding position or technique for you.
If these techniques below do not help, your best bet is to seek the help of a Lactation Consultant
to identify specific breastfeeding problems you may be having.
A Lactation consultant will suggest other latching on positions, that could solve your specific latching problems. There is also a superb e-book called breastfeeding simply, that is a good read, that also identifies common mistakes.
The most important thing for a good latch, is that you and your baby are comfortable. Get yourself a pillow to support your back. Some women feel more comfortable lying down during breastfeeding.
The most natural way to hold your baby, is with one hand behind your baby's shoulder, and the other on the bottom, ‘skin to skin’, upright and between your breasts. Your baby's chest should be against your body.
Your shoulders, arms and wrists should be in a relaxed, natural position and most of your baby’s weight should be supported by your body.
Always use a cushion in the small of your back, for less strain on your back and shoulders.
Bring your baby's chin towards your breasts first, so that your baby will close the jaw over your nipple. Remember that the more nipple and breast skin taken into your baby's mouth, the more milk will be removed, this is because the milk ducts are under the areola.
Here is a video that demonstrates the amount of milk removed, if your baby is latched on correctly, compared to a shallow latch.
How do you know if your baby is sucking right or drinking enough?
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Site by BFeeding Mamma, Tracy Behr. Currently studying through Child birth International (CBC, CBD). Also an accomplished author and Mommy of two.