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Signs of a Good Latch

A proper latch helps your baby get enough milk to satisfy hunger and stimulates your breasts to produce enough milk. A deep latch should not cause pain or damage to your nipples.

Getting your baby comfortably latched to the breast is the key to success. A comfortable position will help you to get a proper latch.

Click on topics below to learn more about how to tell if your baby is latched well.

Signs of a deep latch

You will know that your baby is latched on well if the following is happening:

  • Breastfeeding should be comfortable and should not hurt.
  • Your baby’s chin should be pressed against the lower part of the areola and nose slightly away from the breast.
  • Your baby’s mouth should be filled with breast, not just the nipple.
  • Your baby’s head is tilted back slightly.
  • Your baby’s mouth is wide open with lips curled out.
  • Your baby’s cheeks appear to be full and rounded and not dimpling in.
  • The feeding begins with little sucks that become deep and slow; there should be a pause during the suck when the baby’s mouth opens wide.
  • You may hear gulping sounds or quiet sounds like “ca” or “eh” when the baby swallows. You should not hear “clicking” or “smacking” with a good latch.
  • Your baby’s ears will move during swallowing.
  • Your baby’s mouth does not slip off the breast.
Signs that your baby had a good latch

You will know that your baby was latched well, if after the feeding you see the following:

  • Your nipples do not look pinched.
  • Your baby comes off the breast looking relaxed, sleepy and content.
  • Your breasts feel softer and less full after breastfeeding.
Taking your baby off the breast

If you baby does not latch properly you will need to detach your baby and start over. If you don’t your nipples may become very sore.

It is important to break the suction before taking baby off your breast. To break the suction, put your clean finger gently into the corner of your baby’s mouth. Then remove your baby from your breast.

 

For more information on feeding your baby/child in Simcoe Muskoka, please contact your health care provider or contact Health Connection by calling 1-705-721-7520 or 1-877-721-7520 Monday to Friday from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., by email or connect with us wherever you are on Facebook or Twitter.

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