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How do I get my baby to latch?

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In brief: 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.

In brief: 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. Josephine Ruiz-Healy
Dr. Josephine Ruiz-Healy
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Dr. Robert Kwok
Pediatrics

In brief: 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.

In brief: 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. Robert Kwok
Dr. Robert Kwok
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Dr. Kevin Windisch
Pediatrics

In brief: 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.

In brief: 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. Kevin Windisch
Dr. Kevin Windisch
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