How to ensure proper latching during breastfeeding?

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How to ensure proper latching during breastfeeding?

How to ensure proper latching during breastfeeding?

Breastfeeding is the natural way of feeding infants. Starting out correct guarantees breastfeeding becomes an enjoyable experience for both you and your baby. The beginning of breastfeeding is getting the baby to latch on well. A baby who latches on well gets fed well.

Following positioning suggestions can help ensure a proper latching during breastfeeding:

  • Get a relaxing chair to feed your baby, with immense back support. Use a stool to rest your feet on will prevent you from straining.
  • Use a support pillow, will make a huge difference in getting the baby in a proper position.
  • Be sure your baby is tummy-to-tummy with you at all times; baby’s nose should be opposite the nipple.
  • To make swallowing easier, keep your baby’s ear, shoulder, and hip in alignment.
  • You may hold your breast to help guide the nipple to your baby’s mouth but make sure to keep fingers far from the nipple.
  • Aim the nipple toward the baby’s upper lip instead of middle of the mouth. You may rub the nipple across the top lip to get your baby to open his mouth.
  • The baby’s head should be tilted slightly back.
  • The baby’s chin should notch the lower part of your breast.

You might find this chart showing breastfeeding positions useful. Also see some tips to increase breast milk quantity to ensure it is sufficient for your baby.

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