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Why is my baby having a hard time latching on?

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Dr. Robin Larabee
Pediatrics

In brief: Depends

Many reasons-- if baby just 1-2 days old, may just take practice.
If 3-4 days old, your breasts may be so engorged w/ milk that baby cannot latch well--in this case, you can pump to make it easier for baby to latch. After 4+ days old, most latching problems are due to technique, or a difficult shaped nipple. See your doc or lactation consultant for help.

In brief: Depends

Many reasons-- if baby just 1-2 days old, may just take practice.
If 3-4 days old, your breasts may be so engorged w/ milk that baby cannot latch well--in this case, you can pump to make it easier for baby to latch. After 4+ days old, most latching problems are due to technique, or a difficult shaped nipple. See your doc or lactation consultant for help.
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