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Latching on

LATCH-ON When your baby “latches on,” they’ll have all of the nipple and good amount of the areola in their mouth. This will give your baby more milk and make the feeding more comfortable. Guidelines for proper latch • Line up your baby’s chest with your chest and their nose near your nipple. • Support and gently lift the breast. Make sure your fingers are away from the areola. • Lightly stroke your baby’s upper lip with your nipple in a downward motion. • Lightly stroke your baby’s lower lip, pausing to help their mouth open wide. • Your baby’s head should be slightly tilted back. • Their chin should come to your breast first. • Aim your nipple toward the roof of their mouth. • Be patient until they open their mouth wide. Let them take the lead. • When they open wide, quickly and gently pull them toward your breast. • Their mouth should cover your nipple and more of the lower portion of the areola.

1. Line up nose to nipple.

2. Run nipple lightly across

baby’s upper lip.

3. Aim nipple

toward the roof of his mouth.

4. Pull him onto your breast quickly and gently.

Remember: A good latch is a learned response. Be patient with yourself and your baby.

Signs of a proper latch • Lips are “flanged” or turned out • Tongue is over lower gum • Baby stays on breast • No biting or pinching pain • Visible signs of swallowing (long jaw motions) If you need to remove your baby from your breast, slide your finger into the corner of the baby’s mouth to break the suction.

5. Slide your finger into the corner of your baby’s mouth to break the suction.

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