How to properly latch and breastfeed

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How to properly latch and breastfeed



Breastfeeding can be a rewarding experience for both a mother and her baby, but it can also be challenging at times. 




Here are some tips for proper latching and breastfeeding:



  1. Make sure you and your baby are comfortable. Find a comfortable position, such as the football hold, cross-cradle hold, or side-lying position.

  2. Hold your breast with your thumb on top and your fingers underneath, forming a "C" shape.

  3. Help your baby to open their mouth wide by tickling their lips with your nipple or expressing a small amount of breast milk onto their lips.

  4. Bring your baby to your breast, aiming for their lower lip to be just above your nipple.

  5. As your baby opens their mouth wide, bring them onto your breast with their lips flanged outward. Their mouth should be wide open, with their lower lip down and their upper lip up.

  6. Your baby's lips should be turned outward, not inward, and their chin should be pressed into your breast.

  7. Your baby's nose should be clear of your breast, and their head should be tilted back slightly.

  8. If you feel any pain while breastfeeding, try repositioning your baby or breaking the suction gently by inserting your finger into the corner of their mouth.



Remember, breastfeeding can take time and practice. 



Don't hesitate to reach out to a lactation consultant or your healthcare provider if you have any questions or concerns.

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