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How do you get your baby to latch on right???

I have "tried" to breastfeed all 3 of my babies and want to with my dd coming in hours or days.... and I always have trouble for one I dont make enough milk but I think its because my babies dont latch on right so they dont suck enough for me to produce enough!! Also I have had to use a nipple sheild and that seems to help because i cant get my nipples (sorry maybe TMI) to poke out enough for them to latch onto!! I need help id really like to be succesfull this time!!

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Asked by scaredmommy08 at 8:29 PM on Jan. 5, 2009 in Babies (0-12 months)

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  • i always just used the nipple was the only thing that worked for me..or i would pump. good luck :P

    Answer by Anonymous at 8:36 PM on Jan. 5, 2009

  • there's one time that my baby wasnt latching on as well, so the nurse suggested to put him in a football hold.

    for some reason baby's really like that hold.

    Answer by americansugar80 at 8:38 PM on Jan. 5, 2009

  • Put as much of your nipple AND areola in his mouth as you can. Many moms mistakenly believe that baby should only suck the nipple, but doing so is how you get raw, chapped nipples.

    Also, never pull your breast to the baby- pull baby to the breast. Feeling like you're always leaning towards your baby can make it very frustrating and uncomfortable.

    A good thing to know- it may hurt regardless for the first week. This is due to learning latch, and also waiting for milk to come in.. When in doubt talk to an LLL leader or other LC!

    Finally- good for you for understanding why you "didn't produce enough milk" and for not believing your body is broken. I'm sure that you are absolutely correct that it has had everything to do with a bad latch!

    Answer by Liyoness at 9:02 PM on Jan. 5, 2009


    Answer by Liyoness at 9:03 PM on Jan. 5, 2009

  • Ask to have your baby placed on your bare chest right after birth and have her stay there until she has her first nursing (usually happens within about 45 minutes). she should root around, lift her head and find the nipple and latch on on her own. They can wait an hour or 2 to weigh her clean her etc. Early and frequent skin to skin contact can be a big help in getting baby latched on correctly.

    Check out this latching info/illustration:

    Also see "How to Get Your milk Supply off to a Good Start" at:


    Answer by maggiemom2000 at 9:40 PM on Jan. 5, 2009

  • Have you gotten a chance to speak with a lactation consultant? They sent one in to my room after i had my daughter. She was very very helpful and stuck around until she saw Hayden latch the right way (even though she still had to learn over the first week and remember how to do it! lol) And it was alot easier to see if she was latching when i was nursing her while laying on my side... the LC suggested that to me. HTH!

    Answer by tiffani_qt2001 at 9:47 PM on Jan. 5, 2009

  • I had a terrible time getting my son to latch on right.... and what I found that helped me get it right was to make sure that his head was lined up right and it looked like my nipple was pointing at his nose... so that when he did latch it would hit the roof of his mouth. Does that make sense? Here is a picture of what I mean. And the picture looks just like how you want it...
    I also used a shield and found once I was able to do this I didn't need it anymore.
    Good luck!

    Answer by AmiJanell at 1:39 AM on Jan. 6, 2009

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