How do I know if baby’s latched on or not?

Is she? Isn’t she? Is she getting enough to drink? Every new mum worries — we have your guide.

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WHEN SHE’S GOT A GOOD LATCH…

… Her mouth is wide open before she latches on.

… Her lower lip is rolled towards the chin once she starts, her chin is pressing against your breast with her nose free and head tilted backwards.

… If you tug at her lower lip, you should be able to see her tongue and it should be cupping your breast.

… She will initially suck your nipple before swallowing — this triggers the breast to prep for the let-down.

… She’ll change from short and quick sucks at the start, to deep and slow sucks as she satisfies her appetite.

… Her muscles will work so hard that you’ll be able to see her jaw move as she’s drinking the milk, which will cause her ears to wiggle.

… Your breasts feel softer after nursing, because your baby has emptied the milk that was making them firm.

… Your baby seems relaxed and satisfied after a feed.

 

…AND WHEN SHE HASN’T

…Your sweetie wriggles around or falls asleep during the feed.

… She’ll be unwilling to release your nipple even a long feed (usually more than 40 minutes).

… Your breasts will feel sore or your nipples are engorged, even after a feed.

… Once you’ve breastfed, your nipple will look squashed, which means it wasn’t far back enough into her mouth.

… If you’re in pain, or feel that she’s not latched on properly, simply break the suction and try again by slipping your finger between her mouth and your breast.

 


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