When latching - How to Latch A Baby On To Breastfeed


Anne J Barnes – May 1995

Have nipple and baby’s nostrils in line before latching.

Baby held around shoulders.

Head supported but NOT pushed in against breast.

Head tilted back slightly.

Baby’s body and legs wrapped in around mother.

Push with base of hand on baby’s back and shoulders when MOUTH WIDE OPEN to move baby quickly onto breast, so chin and lower jaw touch breast first.

WATCH LOWER LIP, aim it as far from base of nipple as possible, so tongue draws LOTS OF BREAST in mouth.

Move baby’s body and head together – keep uncurled.

Once latched, top lip will be close to nipple, areola shows above lip. Keep chin close against breast.

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WIDE MOUTH / GAPE

Need MOUTH WIDE BEFORE baby moved onto breast.

Teach baby to open wide/gape :

move baby toward breast, touch top lip against nipple

move mouth away SLIGHTLY

touch top lip against nipple again, move away again

REPEAT UNTIL BABY OPENS WIDE and has tongue forward

MOTHER’S VIEW WHILE LATCHING BABY

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MOTHER’S VIEW OF NURSING BABY

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RECOMMANDATIONS FOR THE MOTHER

Mother’s posture

sit with straight, well-supported back

trunk facing forwards, lap flat

Baby’s position before feed begins

on pillow, nostril (not mouth) in line with nipple

Baby’s body

placed not quite tummy to tummy, but so that baby comes up to breast from below and baby’s upper eye makes eye contact with mother’s

Support breast

and firm inner breast tissue by raising breast slightly with fingers placed flat on chest wall and thumb pointing up (if helpful, also use sling of tensor bandage aroud breast)

Entice baby to gape

baby’s head and shoulders supported so head extends slightly as baby moved to breast

touch baby’s top lip to nipple and move baby away slightly and repeat until baby opens wide with tongue forward

Move baby quickly on to breast

head tilted back slightly, pushing in across shoulders so chin and lower jaw make first contact (not nose) while mouth still wide open, keep baby uncurled (means tongue nearer breast)

lower lip is aimed as far from nipple as possible so baby’s tongue draws in maximum amout of breast tissue

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Cautions

Mother needs to avoid:

 

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