There are many reasons moms experience pain when breastfeeding, and a shallow or poor latch is the leading cause. When your baby's latch isn't deep enough, it can cause sore, dry nipples, engorgment, underfeeding and more, which is why getting a deep latch right off the bat is essential for a successful breastfeeding relationship. However, learning ways to make your baby open wider when latching can be easier said than done.
Shallow latch, which according to the Office On Women's Health causes your nipple to rub against the bones in your baby's mouth, is incredibly painful and can be discouraging if you're not informed of the simple steps to changing your baby's latch.
According to La Leche League International (LLLI), breastfeeding may be uncomfortable in the beginning, but it shouldn't hurt. If you feel pain, it's likely a sign that something may not be quite right with your latch. Luckily, getting baby to latch on deeper and to open their mouth wider can be done with a few simple techniques. According to LLLI, babies should open their mouth about as wide as a yawn when they're latching on, to ensure that enough of the breast is in their mouth. And, with these easy techniques, you can make sure that happens.