All new mothers worry about how to get babies to latch on properly. The good news is there are copious amounts of tips and advice that you can use if you want to know more about latching on. These tips are designed to help you when you are going to breastfeed your baby.
1) Listen to hear if the milk is being swallowed: One way that you can tell if your baby is latching onto to your breast is if the milk is being swallowed. The best way to tell this is by listening intently for a ‘click’ sound in the throat which is a sign that the breast milk is smoothly being funnelled into your baby’s body.
2) Make the latch tight: The grip that your baby has for breastfeeding should feel
taut. Think of it like the tightness of a water bottle cap. It should be tight in order for breastfeeding to be seamless. You can also use an assist product like Lansinoh Latch Assist to help the baby latch on.
3) Find practical chairs: Rocking chairs are one of the best kept secrets to successful
breast feeding. The back and forth motion that they give soothe babies during breastfeeding. They help to create an ambiance of sheer comfort for your baby so that breastfeeding is not interrupted.
4) Use bonding positions like the cradle position: This is one of the most common positions for breastfeeding because it sees continued success to get babies to latch on and using a nursing pillow like Comfort & Harmony Mombo Happi Haze Nursing Pillow will help you achieve this position in the most comfort. The body of your baby will be facing you which means that you bond more with your child. As this happens, latching on will become second nature because your baby associates this position with being fed and being close to you. Another popular position for bonding that makes latching on easy is the side lying position. This one reminds babies of sleeping and rest which makes them feel calm when it is time to feed. The benefit of this position for you is that you can also rest during breastfeeding.
5) Look for hunger signs: Your baby will show you when he or she is hungry. Common signs of hunger include moving around restlessly and seeming bothered. Another hunger sign is when babies suck on their fingers. This is known to be one of the early hunger cues that new mothers should look out for. Crying is a late sign after other ones have been signalled by your baby.
6) Look at your baby’s face: Your baby’s nose should be opposite the nipple in order to have successful latching on. Due to the proximity of the nose and mouth of your baby, it being opposite your nipple is a sign that your baby is in the right physical position to be breastfed.
7) Be relaxed during breastfeeding: Mothers tend to forget about themselves during
the feeding experience because they are worried about baby. However, your ability to be calm and relaxed is important for your baby to latch on quickly. The less nervous you are the easier it is for your baby to pick up on this and have a calm breastfeeding experience with you.
Use these seven tips and watch this short video from Lansinoh to have the experience that you want when you are breastfeeding your baby.