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Positioning and Latch

It is important to hold your baby close with your baby’s belly against your belly and his/her ears, shoulders, and hips all in alignment. The cradle, cross-cradle, football, and side lying are different positions you may want to use. Choose which one works best for you and your baby. With his nose level with your nipple, you can gently tickle his/her upper lip, which will stimulate him to open his/her mouth wide for nursing. When your baby’s mouth opens wide, press his/her chin to your breast. This will allow your baby to tip his or her head back so he or she can open his/her mouth wider. When his/her mouth is open, bring your baby to your breast. Your baby’s cheeks should look full and rounded as he nurses.

Signs of a good latch-on:

  • All of the nipple and as much of the areola as possible is in your baby’s mouth
  • Lips flanged or turned out
  • Tongue over the lower gum
  • Baby stays on the breast
  • Absence of pain
  • Seeing milk transfer or hearing swallowing
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