Good positioning and latching is so important


Ensure good positioning and latch-

  • Make sure that when positioning your baby to nurse you are holding him so that his whole body faces yours. He should not have to turn his head to nurse.
  • Wait for the baby to open very wide - as with a yawn - before you attempt to latch him on.
  • Once he has opened this wide - and it may take patience waiting for him to do so - pull him in real close making sure that he takes as much of the breast into his mouth as possible. His chin and nose should touch your breast. His lips should be flanged out - like a rose petal or a fish's lips. If they are not, use your finger to flip them out manually.
  • always bring the baby up to you not you towards the baby.
  • nipple to baby's nose and he/she will open his mouth and then you can slide in the nipple.
  • you can also look at his cheeks and see that his sucking is good.

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