Signs your baby has a good latch
Breastfeeding is very much a skill that both you and baby need to learn and master. Many Mamas struggle with pain or with breastfeeding issues because they don't know what they don't know. They think that it's normal.
They don't know that pain isn't normal, that it takes time to learn how to breastfeed your baby, that you need to reach out for support.
There is nothing wrong with asking for help. When we learn any other new skill, we get help, we don't expect to have it mastered right away. Well, breastfeeding is no different. It takes time and practice and if no one has told how what a good latch looks and feels like, how would you know.
Signs your baby has a shallow latch:
Many Mamas do not know the difference between a good latch and a shallow one. If you notice that your baby isn't latched properly, take them off of your breast (by inserting your pinky into the corner of their mouth) and then relatch them.
It's important that you correct a shallow latch to:⠀
- avoid damaging your nipples
- teach your baby how to properly latch and effectively breastfeed
- avoid it affecting your milk supply
Mamas it can take weeks, even a month to really establish breastfeeding. Give yourself and the baby grace. It is a learned skill and takes time. Many Mamas do not know this and think there is something wrong with them. There is nothing wrong with you. You're learning a new skill and it takes time.⠀
Don't be afraid to reach out for support. I am offering in-home visits, following the guidelines of the health authorities. Or if you aren't local, I also offer virtual support.