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Tips for a Good Breastfeeding Latch

May 31, 2021 2 min read

Breastfeeding latch

Many breastfeeding difficulties stem from your newborn not latching correctly. It can lead to painful, chapped nipples and other common issues such as breast engorgement, plugged milk ducts, or a breast infection. ⠀

While BodyICE Woman Breast Pads can help to soothe the discomfort from these conditions, helping to recognise when your baby isn't latching properly can prevent further discomfort. ⠀

A little bit of tenderness when the baby first latches on is normal, but you shouldn't be feeling pain or discomfort for the entire feed. After each feed, your breasts should feel softer and less full. ⠀

Here are some of the signs to look out for to help you know if your baby is latching on correctly:



POOR LATCH ⠀


Lips tucked in and under, instead of sticking out. ⠀

Clicking or smacking noises as they try to suck. ⠀

You notice sore nipples and breastfeeding is becoming more and more painful.⠀



GOOD LATCH 


Latching on to more than just your nipple (ideally having the entire nipple and approximately 1 inch or more of your areola in their mouth). ⠀

Baby's lips should be turned out (fish lips) and flat against your breast with their chin and nose touching your breast. ⠀

Baby's tongue is down on the area of the breast below the nipple, laying over their lower gum, and you may be able to see it sticking out of their bottom lip. ⠀

Can see and hear the sucking and swallowing, and not feel any pain. ⠀

 

Breastfeeding Latch

Ultimately, if your bub seems happy and satisfied after feeding and is gaining weight and growing as expected, it's likely that they have a good latch. ⠀

If you are unsure about your baby's latch or milk supply then you can consult a qualified lactation consultant to help you get on track. And remember, everyone's breastfeeding journey is unique, so just do what is right for you and your newborn! 

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