A baby latching to your breast is one of the few things that he has learned from his instincts. Sometimes this task can be difficult for a mother because of her concerns. Though it can take some practice initially, using techniques for properly and comfortably latching a baby can make it easier. Some positions like laid-back breastfeeding let the baby use his instincts and natural reflexes to feed, while for some other positions, it might be some time that your baby understands how to latch and suck.
For successful and satisfying breastfeeding, a good latch is a primary factor. A proper latch will simply mean that your baby can feed in a relaxed, comfortable way. Some cues from the below-mentioned tips will help you establish a good latch:
Latching your baby can cause some tingling sensation in your breast, but it’s normal, and you could have breast-pains. While nursing your baby, it must not hurt you or the baby. If nursing your baby hurts, it’s a sign that latching is not done correctly. Break the seal by gently inserting your finger between your baby’s mouth and your breast, and then try again. If you feed the baby while it hurts or pains, you will most likely end up with sore nipples. Speak to your doctor or midwife about it.
Some breastfeeding positions can enable the baby to use his reflexes easily. Nursing a baby seems very simple, but for some, it is a difficult task. Most of the baby’s energy is consumed in continuing to suck the milk out and supporting his head.
Use positions so that it is easy to nurse your baby, and the weight of your breasts is appropriately supported. Your baby’s head should be tipped back while latching. Maintain a posture that comforts you and your baby. Your body should be relaxed while feeding your baby, and the baby should also be calm before he is finished. If you find your baby wriggling, make sure he is latched properly. Usually, a sitting position or laid back position is very helpful when it comes to latching your baby.
Latching your new-born properly to your breast can be improved with patience, support, and time. When you have to feed your baby, make sure that your breast does not block his nose. Once you learn to latch your baby correctly, the baby will feed nicely.
If you are still unsure, ask the midwife for guidance and help. Watch other mothers feed their babies, and do not forget to ask for helpful advice. Read about tips on breastfeeding a new-born.