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Video:Latch Positioning and Breastfeeding

with Melissa Nagin

Proper latching is key to a positive breastfeeding experience for you and your child. Learn how to ensure your baby is properly latched.See Transcript

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Transcript:Latch Positioning and Breastfeeding

Hi, I'm Melissa Nagin, and welcome to About.com Health. Breastfeeding is the most natural way to feed a baby, but that doesn't mean that nursing moms don't run into problems along the way.

Perfect positioning and latch on are the keys to a positive breastfeeding experience.

Ensure the Baby is Latched On

Today I'll show you what to expect once the baby has latched on and feeding well.

When the baby is ready, touch the nipple to the babies lips, pull back a little bit until they have a wide open mouth, and then press the baby' body in straight.

The entire body comes in straight. And then the baby should latch, and then we see what they do.

Determine if the Baby is Latched

When the baby is latched on, you want to see their nose pressed right up against the breast, and you want to see a straight line from their nose right down to their chin.

That's how you know that you have a good latch, that it's a deep latch.

Assess the Baby's Eating Patterns

Once the baby has latched on, the pattern will begin where they will suck, suck, swallow, pause, suck suck, swallow, pause.

In the beginning of a feed, when the breast is very, very full, you have a lot of foremilk. The baby's sucks will be well drawn in and deep.

As the feeding goes on and the breasts start to soften, we get to the point where we're at the hind milk, and the babies suck will turn into more of a flutter.

Breast Milk Varies During a Feeding

The foremilk is very thin and watery, like skim milk.

And as the feeding wears on and the baby gets to the point where they're extracting the hind milk, that's the fatty rich creamy milk, the hind milk is best for their weight gain and for their brain development.

You can always find the help and support you need by contacting a board certified lactation consultant.

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