Best Ways To Breastfeed And Tips

Tips On How To Latch The Baby Properly

Latching is arguably the most important part of breastfeeding. When the baby is not latched on to the breast, breastfeeding can be painful. After having properly obtained one of the already explained positions, the latch must immediately follow.

There are certain techniques that you should follow when latching:

The mother should be sitting comfortably, with enough support for the back;

The baby must always be tummy-to-tummy;

Breasts should be held to help to guide the nipple to the baby’s mouth;

During the process, the baby’s head should be slightly tilted back so that when he opens the mouth, he can finally latch on to the nipple;

How To Confirm A Good Latch

There are some signs confirming a good latch, such as wiggling of the ears and when the tip of the tongue is visible as you pull down bottom lip.

You can also confirm that the latch is good if there are no clicking or smacking noises and chin is touching the breast. More obviously, a signal confirming a good latch is the sound the baby does when swallowing.


Breastfeeding should never be painful, and a good latch will help the process. If not properly latched, there might be other upcoming problems such as cracked nipples.

One last thing to remember is that the bottle teats like dummies may make the new-born reluctant to breastfeed and in such circumstances, a careful approach is recommended. Natural births may also help to breastfeed, because of pethidine passing through the placenta.

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