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Helping your baby latch on

The key to successful breastfeeding starts with your baby being able to properly latch on to your breast. You have to make her comfortable to ensure she gets her necessary feed.

Follow these steps to help ensure that your baby latches on correctly and is provided with adequate breast milk:

The first step: To start with, cup your breast with thumb on top and forefinger underneath, and lightly touch your baby’s lower lip with your nipple. This may be enough to stimulate her rooting reflex, and she’ll turn her head to your nipple, mouth wide open.

Bring her close: When your baby opens her mouth wide, draw her in close (rather than leaning into her). If she’s latched on correctly, her lower lip curls down. Her mouth should be around the nipple and as much of the areola as possible. If she’s latched on, you should hear several sucks, a pause, and then a swallow.

Know when to stop: When your baby is properly attached, there’s a strong seal between her mouth and your breast. To release her from the breast or to move your baby to the other breast, gently place your finger between her gums to break the sucking action. (Keep your fingernails trimmed to avoid scratching your baby’s mouth.)

If your baby is not latching on properly, consider talking to a lactation consultant. These are small details that you should take care to ensure she feels comfortable during the process. Make the most of these moments as they create bond between the both of you that is going to stay for life.

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