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Breastfeeding 101: How to get the perfect latch

November 19th, 2017 | By: Nancy Ripton
Getting the right latch is the key to having a positive breastfeeding experience. Here's how to make sure your baby's latch is perfect.

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Breastfeeding 101: How to get the perfect latch

Breastfeeding may be natural, but that doesn't mean it's always easy. One of the biggest complaints from new moms is nipple pain. "If your nipples hurt, it's usually because of a poor breastfeeding latch," says Dr. Jack Newman, head of the Newman Breastfeeding Clinic in Toronto. Getting the right latch from the beginning is important for two reasons: it ensures your baby is getting sufficient milk and it prevents nipple pain. Here's how to get the right latch to increase your odds of breastfeeding success.

Follow your baby's feeding cues

"Mother's need to be aware of the early feeding cues their babies show," says Dr. Newman. These include: sucking on hands during sleep, smacking lips, restlessness, turning toward mother and rooting. If you wait until your baby is crying before you feed her, it will be harder to get a good breastfeeding latch.