The beginning of a mother's breastfeeding experience isn't always easy. It can be awkward and much more difficult that expected, which often convinces mothers to wean their babies sooner than expected. Although there are certainly instances when weaning early is in the best interest for both the mother and baby, sometimes it can be prevented through learning proper nursing techniques early on in the game. High on the list is getting a proper latch, usually called a deep latch. There are lots of reasons you should try the deep latch technique as soon as your baby is born. In fact, your time breastfeeding may depend on it.
The American Pregnancy Association called latch the most important aspect of breastfeeding; crucial for its success and longevity. Although it sounds complicated, the deep latch technique is simply a way to ensure that your baby has enough of your breast in their mouth, thereby preventing a plethora of issues that arise without a proper latch.
To practice the deep latch technique, Pumping Station instructed mothers to hold their breast using a "C" shape and compress their breast to make it easier for baby to latch onto. Then, bringing your baby's head to your breast, tilt their head back so that their nose touches your nipple, causing them to open their mouth wide. Pull your baby in so that a large portion of your breast (not just the nipple) is in your baby's mouth.
Although the deep latch technique is simply "correct" positioning, many moms aren't aware of it's benefits. Ensuring you use a deep latch right from the get go can solve most of the common issues that arise in the early weeks of breastfeeding. But that's not the only reason to try to deep latch technique. Here are a few others reasons why this may be a game-changer.