Five Proven Tips for Getting Your Baby to Latch to Your Breast

06 September 2012 / 1 comment

Bringing a new baby into the world is a wonderful, miraculous moment. If you are a new mother, and the concept of breastfeeding is new to you, that wonderful moment you feel once the baby is born, is going to go away once you try and get your bundle of love to latch to your breast.

Many women, who struggle with their baby and latching onto their breast, feel like it is their fault. Many women abandon breast feeding altogether. This is a rush judgment that does not have to be made. Many times there are some small things that you can do in order to help your baby latch onto your breast with ease. Here are a few of the proven tips that millions of women use through the years.

Make Sure You Are Holding Your Baby Correctly

There are several different ways that you can hold your baby. And, chances are that at some point in your breast feeding you will use them all. To get a head start on breast feeding you can read books and take classes on the correct way to hold your baby. However, when it comes to the actual process of latching you may need to find what works for you. There are several ways that you can try. The important thing to remember, especially, when just beginning breast feeding is to hold your baby in a way so that they do not have to strain, or reach, to latch on.

Lift Baby and Breast With Different Hands

The secret to successful breast feeding is to help your baby as much as you can to make it comfortable for them. This means holding your breast up, and to, the baby with your free hand. Doing this will help to position both the baby, and yourself, for the best results. The other hand will be under the baby’s neck supporting, and directing, it so they do not have to do it.

Have Your Baby Open Wide

As you continue to breast feed you will notice that your baby needs a large portion of your areola and nipple. In order for your baby to get this they will need to open their mouth up wide. Try tickling their cheek or lower lip a little with your nipple until they open wide as if they are yawning.

Don’t Wait For your Baby to Latch

There is an old saying that speaks of being an opportunist. When opportunity strikes, take it! The same thing applies with breast feeding. Once you have your baby’s mouth open wide enough to take in your areola and nipple, then move the baby to you, not the other way around. This will help them latch on as they close their mouth.

Relax and Enjoy

New mothers worry too much about whether or not they are breast feeding correctly. If your baby is not squirming, if they are feeding without problems, and they are resting at the same time, you have nothing to worry about. Take the time to enjoy this incredible bond that you have with your baby and the joy of being a mother.

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Written by Stefanie Prinkles

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