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March 15, 2015
Creating a good latch and good breastfeeding position are key to nursing successfully. Here's a step by step guide to ensure your baby is latching on correctly and feeding well at the breast.
1. If you're new to breastfeeding or have a preemie baby, you may wish to hand express a little milk to initiate the flow so that baby is instantly rewarded for latching on. 2. Hold baby close to you in a comfortable position with their head and body in a straight line facing you.3. Support your baby's head but make sure they can tilt their head back to feed4. Ensure your baby's nose or top lip are in line with the nipple5. Brush baby's nose with nipple to encourage them to open mouth wide then swiftly bring baby to nipple to latch on.6. If the latch doesn't feel comfortable, insert your clean little finger into the side of your baby's mouth to release the latch and retry.
Signs that your baby is latched on correctly & feeding well at the breast:1. Baby has a large mouthful of breast not just the nipple2. Baby's lower lip is curled back3. Baby's nose is usually clear of the breast4. Baby's chin usually pressing breast5. You can see more areola above the baby's mouth than below6. Baby has full rounded cheeks7. Baby sucking rhythmically with pauses and swallows8. Feeding should be painless9. Contented baby who stays on the breast10. Weight checks before and after feeding will determine if baby is nursing successfully 11. Your baby steadily gains weight
This video by Dr Jack Newman illustrates a baby feeding well at the breast. Whilst this video by Dr Jack Newman illustrates a baby nibbling at the breast and not feeding well.
Remember, breastfeeding is a learning process so don't be afraid or shy to ask for help.Both you and your baby will need to work together to create a good latch and comfortable feeding position but it's new to both of you so don't be afraid to ask your local midwife, breastfeeding support counsellor or health visitor to help you overcome any challenges.
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