Latching On

Latching On

Dorsal posture

The back of your baby rests on your lower arm. Its head is supported by your hand. The legs are stretched out behind you. The sucking of a newborn baby in the positions can be measured easily and can be controlled. This position is specifically recommended in the beginning of the lactation period. It is suitable specifically for breastfeeding twins, premature babies, after a Caesarean section or at the time when your baby is suffering from cold.

. Pay attention to the following points:


Correct positioning of the breast

The breast is held with the other hand, with four fingers supporting it from underneath. The thumb is positioned above the areola. The skin is gently pushed forward to stretch the areola and to help the baby take a lot of breast tissue into its mouth during latch-on.

The right way to grasp the nipple and the areola

Using the nipple to tickle the infant’s lower lip will make it open its mouth. As a consequence, the nipple is centred in the middle of the mouth, and the baby is quickly drawn close. The chin and the tip of the nose touch the breast, the nipple is deep in the palate of the baby and the upper and lower lips are folded outwards. If the baby has been correctly positioned a feed does not have to be limited in time. The baby is pulled towards the breast – not the breast towards the baby! If it hurts right at the start then the baby is probably not positioned correctly.

The baby lies in the arm of the mom, which is often termed as the cradle hold. So, its entire body is easily turned its mom. The mother’s hand supports its bottom