Article: TNC TIP #2 - Establishing a good latch
TNC TIP #2 - Establishing a good latch
The best tip to establish a good latch when starting breastfeeding is the "nose-to-nipple" technique. This simple yet effective approach helps ensure that your baby latches onto your breast correctly, promoting a comfortable and successful breastfeeding experience.
Here's how to use the "nose-to-nipple" technique:
Positioning: Hold your baby in a comfortable breastfeeding position. You can try the "cross-cradle" or "football" hold, whichever feels most natural to you.
Baby's Nose and Nipple Alignment: Align your baby's nose with your nipple. Your baby's mouth should be directly in front of your nipple, and their nose should be at the same level. This alignment encourages your baby to tilt their head back slightly and open their mouth wide.
Wait for the Wide Mouth: Gently stroke your baby's lips with your nipple to stimulate their rooting reflex. When your baby opens their mouth wide, it's a sign that they are ready to latch.
Quick Latch: As your baby's mouth opens wide, bring them quickly to your breast. Make sure their lower lip touches the base of the areola first, followed by the upper lip. This deep latch ensures that your baby takes in a good portion of the areola, not just the nipple.
Chin to Breast: Your baby's chin should be touching your breast, and their nose should remain free. This positioning allows for effective milk transfer while preventing discomfort and ensuring your baby can breathe comfortably.
Observe and Listen: Watch and listen for signs that your baby is swallowing. You should see and hear rhythmic jaw movements and swallowing sounds, indicating that your baby is getting milk.
Remember, practice makes perfect. It may take a few attempts to get the latch just right, but with patience and persistence, you and your baby will become more comfortable with breastfeeding.
If you encounter challenges or discomfort, don't hesitate to seek assistance from a lactation consultant or a healthcare provider. They can provide personalised guidance to help you and your baby master the art of a proper latch.