I was ecstatic when, right after delivery, my second son did the “breast crawl” to my breast and started to nurse right away!
He was a natural. I don’t know why I worried about this whole breastfeeding thing after all. WRONG!
A few days after delivery my nipples felt like someone was slicing them with razor blades each time my son latched. Every time I nursed him I thought I was going to cry from the pain.
Turns out he was tongue tied and lip tied. He wasn’t latching deeply enough and was causing a tremendous amount of pain for mama.
A shallow latch is one of the main reasons moms complain that breastfeeding hurts.
Do you know what a good latch looks like?
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How to avoid a shallow latch when you breastfeed.
Positioning is everything.
Make sure your baby is close to you no matter what position you are nursing in. Make sure your baby is belly to belly or if in the football position, belly to the side of your chest.
You never want their belly and chest facing up towards the ceiling.
Make sure your baby’s body is in a strait line and appears comfortable, and their head is not too over extended (head leaning back) or tucked in too close to their body (chin to chest).
Wait for your baby to open their mouth wide!
Think about a baby bird. When the mam bird feeds her young she waits for their mouths to open big and wide before offering their food.
Then when your baby has a wide open mouth quickly bring them to the breast and aim for your nipple to hit the roof of their mouth.
You always want to bring your baby to you, never hunch over or bring your breast to the baby.
To stimulate your baby to open their mouth, rub your nipple between their nose and upper like to stimulate them to open their mouths.
Signs of a good latch:
When your baby latches on make sure to look for the above signs. Even if everything looks great from the outside and you STILL feel pain or pinching during the feeding, it’s time to readjust.
If you still have a shallow latch, unlatch and start over!
If you are still experiencing pain use one finger to stick in the corner of your baby’s mouth to break the suction they have on your nipple. (never just pull a baby off the nipple, you can cause a lot of damage this way, OUCH!)
Re-position your baby and start the process over.
Breastfeeding is a huge learning curve for mom and baby and it may take a while for both of you to get it! I had to do this ALL THE TIME with my second baby. If I let him have a shallow latch he totally would, he was such a lazy nurser!
It seemed like I had to pull him off the breast and start over 5-6 times int he first few weeks! But over time he got the hang of it!
Help your baby get a big mouthful of breast!
Quick question, when you go to your favorite burger joint and get that big, fat juicy burger… how do you eat it? Do you lean over on the table and try to take a big bite out of it?
Obviously not, you pick it up and hold onto it so it doesn’t go anywhere!
Same goes for your baby! Your baby doesn’t have head or neck control yet. So when your baby latches don’t let go of your breast! Continue to hold your breast for your baby or it may slip and cause your baby to have a poor latch!
In fact when you hold your breast, the best way to do it is exactly how you would grab a big burger!
It’s called the “C” hold or the “U hold”
The “flipple” technique – my FAVORITE latching trick!
In this blog post, IBCLC’s share their favorite latching tricks and tips!
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Do you feel successful breastfeeding or are you really struggling to get through it?
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