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.