Aim your baby’s lower lip away from the base of your nipple. Baby’s lips should be turned outward like a fish. Your baby should lead into the breast chin first and then latch onto your breast. Your baby’s tongue should be extended, and your breast should fill your baby’s mouth.
Why is my baby not latching properly?
“Initial problems with not latching may be caused by medications given to the mother in labour, by suctioning at birth, by forcing the baby to the breast, or by holding the baby’s head for latching.” It may also indicate that the baby has some health problems that need investigation.
How do you fix a lazy latch?
Summary of IBCLCs advice on what to do if your baby has a shallow latch:
- Wait for baby to open wide.
- Try skin-to-skin and laid-back breastfeeding.
- Try the deep latch technique.
- Visualize a hungry baby bird.
- If the latch is shallow, unlatch, then try again.
- If needed, compress your breast by making a U shape with your hand.
What does a shallow latch feel like?
A proper latch should feel like a pull/tugging sensation, not painful, pinching or clamping down (and definitely not “toe-curling, worse than labor, can’t stand this another second” pain). Is baby’s mouth wide open at the corner of her lips? This is also a good sign!
Why does my baby latch on and off and cry?
Teething. Teething can cause fussy nursing behavior, as some babies experience gum discomfort with sucking. Baby might start to nurse, but then pull off and cry or fuss and not want to nurse anymore. See Teething for more information and tips.