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For some mommies latching comes easy, but unfortunately that was not the case for me. Soon as my baby was born he had latch issues. My lactation consultant couldn't even get him to latch. We tried all kinds of tricks We used a syringe, every position you could think of (side lying, football hold, and cross-cradle hold ect.) support pillow, rag under breast, and skin on skin. I was becoming really discouraged. It also didn't help that my milk didn't come in until the fifth day.As soon as I got home and was able more comfortable on my own furniture I was able to come up with different positions myself. They were the ones that you see in the textbooks and pamphlets but they were best for me and baby. The baby started latching on with a breast shield. Don't feel down because you have to use it. I'm pretty sure you have heard all the different stories of how the baby is still not stimulating the nipple good enough for you, you're still not getting the best latch. Do what is easiest for you. Some breast milk is better than none and I did not have any issues with it. I used the Medela Breast Shield, but I kept offering my nipple as well. After a month he finally latched without a shield. It was a very exciting moment. I have some tips that helped me latching. I've never had injured nipples or soreness so what I am doing is working for me and I hope to help some one else.

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Latching tips

  1. Look for hunger cue's.
  2. Look for baby's upper lip/nose and aim nipple in that direction.
  3. Make sure baby mouth is open wide enough.
  4. If it feel to pain unlatch baby and relatch.
  5. Breastfeeding should not be extremly uncomfortable.
  6. Guide baby to breast.
  7. Rub nipple across baby top lip to help baby get wide latch.
  8. slightly tilt baby head back.