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How to achieve a good latch - breastfeeding step-by-step


 

1. Start with your baby lying on her/his side, her/his body really close and facing your breast with their nose to your nipple.

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2. She’ll reach towards your nipple, her mouth will open wide and you may see her putting her tongue out.

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3. When her mouth opens really wide, and she will open wider if you wait a little, bring her shoulders in close so that her head tilts backwards as she comes to your breast.

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4. Well latched on, her chin will be against your breast and there will be a gap between your breast and her nose. You should be comfortable and pain free. After some quicker suckling the baby will slow down into a deeper slower rhythm and she should be relaxed and swallowing.

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5. When she first starts to suck, your milk may begin to flow very quickly and she may come off. Don’t worry. Just start again.

6. If it hurts you can take her off by slipping your little finger gently into the corner of her mouth to release the suction.

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YOU CAN WATCH A GRAPHIC OF A BABY ATTACHING AT THE BREAST BY WATCHING THIS DVD FROM BEST BEGINNINGS - click on the image here
 
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