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How can I get my baby to latch on?

Our baby was born yesterday and we where able to breast feed a few times. Now that we left the hospital we are having a hard time getting her to latch on. We have tried all the usual tips they gave us at the hospital to no avail. Any direction or assistance you could give us would be great. Thanks

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gingreen0054

Asked by gingreen0054 at 8:48 PM on Dec. 29, 2010 in Babies (0-12 months)

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  • put some milk on your nipple and then try again, babies can smell it.. Hold your breast with your hand being a C-shape. Make sure the nipple is inserted when the babies mouth is WIDE open.
    DomoniqueWS

    Answer by DomoniqueWS at 8:52 PM on Dec. 29, 2010

  • lay down side lying skin to skin on your bed...position her with her face toward you and your nipple about level with her top lip and just lay there SHE WILL FIGURE IT OUT give her light support (like your hand across her back-- let her do it herself-- in a few weeks this will be a sports she mastered
    she just needs calm and practice
    RELAX SKin to skin
    MELRN

    Answer by MELRN at 9:10 PM on Dec. 29, 2010

  • If you have a syringe, pump a little bit of milk.. fill up the syringe and keep putting drops on your nipple. Also, if you have larger nipples you may have to pinch them a little until she latches and then move your fingers outside of the areola (pink part) and compress that area a little to help prevent her from popping off
    alinker

    Answer by alinker at 9:15 PM on Dec. 29, 2010

  • All good advice. If you feel really full and maybe your breasts are sort of hard that can make latching a little difficult. You can hand express a little milk to help the nipple come out more.

    We have a couple really great breast feeding moms groups here. Please join us! we want you to enjoy breast feeding
    ecodani

    Answer by ecodani at 9:59 PM on Dec. 29, 2010

  • http://www.kellymom.com/bf/concerns/baby/back-to-breast.html
    kynziesmom

    Answer by kynziesmom at 2:55 AM on Dec. 30, 2010

  • Besides trying the suggestions posted here, I'd recommend seeing an IBCLC if you can, or seeking out your local La Leche League, a leader can help you free of charge. It's also a great idea to go to their meetings, I found it to be a great support system, and you're sure to meet like minded mamas.
    Krysta622

    Answer by Krysta622 at 9:26 AM on Dec. 30, 2010

  • i couldn't do it in the hospital. they were all like, do it this way, do it that way! i waited till i got home, and the second night she latched on. but now shes a bottle baby b/c she decided she didn't want the boob anymore....hmmmmm
    mama2bof2

    Answer by mama2bof2 at 11:56 AM on Dec. 30, 2010

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