When it comes to breastfeeding newborns, it boils down to two main aspects:
- Is it effective?
- Is it comfortable?
Even when the latch and position seem perfect, if the above mentioned criteria are not met, there is a problem!
Even if your breastfeeding newborn position looks nothing like the latch and positioning that you’ve seen in books, it’s fine as long as your baby is transferring milk and gaining weight well. Also if you are not hurting while your baby feeds well, the latch and positioning are good enough.
Latching is the most important part of breastfeeding, if not done right it can be quite painful for the mommy.
Few signs that confirm a good latch while breastfeeding a newborn:
- Tongue is seen when the bottom lip is pulled down
- Ears wiggle
- There is circular movement of the jaw rather than rapid chin movement
- Cheeks are rounded
- You do not hear clicking or smacking noises
- You can hear swallowing
- Chin is touching your breast
- When your baby comes off the breast, the nipple is not flattened or misshaped
- Any discomfort ends quickly after getting the baby is latched on
- Your baby ends the feeding with signs of satiety/satisfaction. These signs include: the baby looks relaxed, “falls” off the breast, has open hands, and/or falls asleep.
The breastfeeding position in which you hold your baby is key and it becomes easier once you have a good latch. A good position and latch can ensure a wonderful experience for both, you and your baby and can strengthen your bond with your little one.
Here are a few videos on latching/positioning to help you get it right…
Which Breastfeeding Position is Best? by My Ameda
This is a basic video that shows different breastfeeding positions and explains which of them is ideal.
Latch-On and Breastfeeding Instructional Video by Lansinoh for Momandbabyshop
This is a simple, 5-minute, easy to follow video that combines instructions and demonstrates basic breast feeding techniques. The video serves the mothers who breastfeeding newborn in first days!
How to Get a Good Breastfeeding Latch by Parents Magazine
This video by Parents Magazine addresses the difficulties mothers face during breastfeeding and teaches the best ways to latch and breastfeed the baby comfortably.
Breastfeeding Positions for Newborns by Cloud Mom
This one encourages mothers to try out different breastfeeding newborn positionslike the football hold (ideal for twins) and the cradle hold to find the one that suits them best.
Improving Latch By Improving Positioning: Introduction and Laid Back Breastfeeding by Jessica Barton
This is the first in a series of videos on effective positioning and latching by SantaBarbaraLactation.com. This is the breastfeeding newborn while lying down position. Some of the other positions covered in this series are koala position, side lying, cradle etc.
Deep Latch Technique for Pain-Free Breastfeeding by Wagonbird
Very often, women experience pain and discomfort during breastfeeding, which can be harmful. This video explains the deep latch technique to ensure that both the mother and baby are comfortable while feeding.
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