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How do i get my baby to latch?

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Dr. Kevin Windisch
Pediatrics 25 years experience
Lactation specialist: Lactation specialists often recommend nipple shields and different types of holding like the cross chest hold or the football hold. If these don't work for you, yu may want to see a lactation specialist.
Dr. Josephine Ruiz-healy
Pediatrics 39 years experience
Get comfortable!: You need to get comfortable as you will be nursing for a while. Get good support on your back and maybe a pillow on your lap to bring the baby up. Try turning the baby on her side facing you, express a couple of drops of milk from your breast and caress the baby´s lower lip, once she opens her mouth place as much of the nipple in the baby´s mouth, make sure the baby´s nose is clear of your breast.
Dr. Robert Kwok
Pediatrics 33 years experience
Encourage the baby: "latching on" is improved if: baby is awake and hungry, if baby tends to open his mouth widely, if mom strokes baby on the cheeks or under the lower lip, if mom's nipple sticks out, if mom's nipple is not too wide. Mom should try to stick her nipple into the baby's mouth as soon as the mouth is wide open. Sometimes, mom may squirt a little milk at the baby's mouth to get the baby interested.
Dr. Katharine Cox
Pediatric Emergency Medicine 45 years experience
Lactation consultant: Have an assessment from a lactation consultant who will sort out why latching is a problem. It may range from a large group of problems. The important issue is to ensure your baby is growing! All the best.
Dr. Robin Larabee
Pediatrics 26 years experience
Practice: Get baby to open the mouth very wide (crying works well), and then actually stuff your nipple and areola into baby's mouth. You could also pump a little before latching so the milk will flow to baby right away.

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