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Breastfeeding 101: How to get the perfect latch

Breastfeeding 101: How to get the perfect latch

When nothing seems to work . .

If nothing seems to be working, your baby could be tongue-tied. Look to see if her tongue is heart-shaped and check to see if you have trouble fitting your finger under her tongue. If this is the cause of the problem, a physician can fix it with a simple procedure.

Overall, if you're having trouble breastfeeding, especially if you're experiencing any pain, get help as soon as possible. Visit a lactation consultant–and don't wait. The earlier you catch a problem, the easier it is to fix. You can contact Jack Newman's clinic via his web site (www.drjacknewman.com) or talk to a knowledgeable lactation consultant in your area.

Meet our expert:

Dr. Jack Newman established Canada's first breastfeeding clinic in 1984 at The Hospital for Sick Children in Toronto. As the need for his expertise grew, Dr. Newman opened clinics in several Toronto hospitals. In 2006 he co-founded the Newman Breastfeeding Clinic and Institute (NBCI) with Edith Kernerman. Dr. Newman is the author of Newman's Guide to Breastfeeding (Canada) and The Ultimate Breastfeeding Book of Answers (United States) and The Latch and other keys to Successful Breastfeeding (www.ibreastfeeding.com). Dr. Newman's breastfeeding information is also at www.drjacknewman.com