Breastfeeding is the easiest, healthiest, cheapest, safest, most fascinating and delightful way to give your baby food. We all agree with that, right? But unfortunately, breastfeeding does not come easy for most moms. While it may seem like the most natural act that a new mother should have no problem with, when you start breastfeeding is when you know that it can be quite –eeerrrrrrr natural not! Starting with latching. How exactly is one supposed to navigate this latching issue that seems to pain (literally) many new moms?
Well, I talked to Susan Muriithi of Toto Touch. Susan is a registered nurse and a breastfeeding counselor or lactation expert. And she shares some insights on latching.
Signs of a Good Latch
- The latch feels comfortable to you and it does not hurt or pinch. How it feels is more important than how it looks.
- Your baby’s chest is against your body and baby does not have to turn his head while breastfeeding.
- When your baby is positioned well, his mouth will be filled with breast. The tongue is cupped under the breast, although you might not see it.
- You see little or no areola (depending on the size of your areola and the size of your baby’s mouth). If areola is showing, you will see more above your baby’s lip and less below.
- You hear or see your baby swallow. Some babies swallow so quietly, a pause in their breathing may be the only sign of swallowing.
- You see the baby’s ears “wiggle” slightly.
- Your baby’s lips turn out like fish lips, not in you may not even be able to see the bottom lip.
- Your baby’s chin touches your breast.
All the best with breastfeeding. I did exclusive breastfeeding my two sons, so I well know what the breastfeeding journey is like.