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Breastfeeding for New Moms

Dana C.
DANA C.
Lactation Consultant
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How do I encourage my baby to latch? My baby seems to prefer one side, is this normal? How long do I let my baby feed? Ask these and many more questions to Tinyhood Lactation Consultant, Dana Czuczka.

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Deep latch
KATE, PARENT OF 23 MONTH OLD

My son is 5 weeks, he just recently started latching (it’s been a long road), but his latch is painful. How do I get him to latch deeper?

Dana
DANA

Hi, Kate -

When baby goes to latch you want to think about lining up your nipple with his upper lip or even his nose. Tease his upper lip and likely baby will tip head back and open mouth wide like a yawn -- that's when you guide baby on...
If baby latches and it's not as deep as it could be, one trick is to put your index finger on his chin and gently pull chin down a bit so he latches deeper.
I really like this latching resource from Stanford University for more helpful tips:
https://med.stanford.edu/newborns/professional-education/breastfeeding/abcs-of-breastfeeding/getting-started---position-and-latch.html

Good luck!

KATE

Thank you. We are trying but when I pull down on his chin he just pulls back and doesn’t open wider. Any other tips?

Dana
DANA

Was he premature? Have we ruled out a tongue tie?

KATE

Also is there an alternative to lanolin cream. He tends to not want the nipple the next time we nurse after the cream has been applied.

KATE

There is no tongue tie and he was born 9 lbs 1 oz. via c section he lost a lb in the hospital so I was bullied into supplementing with a bottle. As soon as he took the bottle he stopped latching. I’ve been pumping and trying to get him on the boob and last week he miraculously took the breast.

Dana
DANA

Great job persevering! Sorry it’s painful though. Sounds like it would be very helpful to have an in person lactation visit so they can o serve a feeding and help with latch. You can ask your pediatrician for a recommendation or search for someone local (certified as an IBCLC) here:

http://www.ilca.org/why-ibclc/falc

KATE

Thank you! Did you see my question about the lanolin cream? Are there alternatives?

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I started giving my 6 week old baby a bottle now he will Latch on to the breast
NAKESHIA, PARENT OF 23 MONTH OLD

Dana
DANA

Hi, Nakeshia -
I'm guessing you meant "will not latch"? When you give the bottle have you been pumping to protect your milk supply? It could be that your supply has been affected and so baby is less content at breast with slower milk flow?

NAKESHIA

I am still pumping

NAKESHIA

Is there anyway I can get him to latch back on

Dana
DANA

Has baby been latching ubtil now? Can you explain what happens?

NAKESHIA

He has not been latching for about a week now. So now I pump and give it in a bottle. When I put the nipple in his mouth he just does not suck to pull anything down

Dana
DANA

I would suggest pumping a few minutes to get the milk flowing and then trying to latch - hopefully the instant reward of milk will entice him to stay latched/sucking

NAKESHIA

Ok thank you