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Q&A: How do I know if my baby’s latch is wrong?

How do I know if my baby’s latch is wrong?

Re: How do I know if my baby’s latch is wrong?

The Bump Expert On the one hand, I feel the way a baby latches on is extremely important. On the other hand, mothers have been breastfeeding babies with poor latches since the beginning of time and breastfeeding worked anyway. But that meant that a lot of women had sore nipples (usually temporarily) and babies had to breastfeed frequently and for long periods of time in order for breastfeeding to work. On the other hand, if you are not in pain and the baby is drinking milk well (see the video clips at www.nbci.ca for babies who drink well -- or not -- and also learn how to latch a baby on "our way," by watching the two video clips titled "28-hour-old baby") and is content and gaining, the latch is good enough.

Q&A: How do I know if my baby’s latch is wrong?

You will know that your baby is latched-on and sucking efficiently by the way it feels. If you have a lactation consultant helping you, pay close attention to how your nipple feels after the two of you have gotten the baby latched on correctly. There should be no pain. Also pay attention to how the sucking feels on the areola. You will actually feel a tingling sensation as baby draws the milk out of the milk sinuses. There will be no doubt that your baby has a solid and secure connection to your breast. - Adam Gottbetter Capital Markets

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