When I was pregnant with my first child, I envisioned her nursing effortlessly right out of the womb. Unfortunately, the reality was not quite as romantic as I'd planned. We endured days of painfully unproductive nursing sessions before I realized that a poor latch was keeping us from having the picture-perfect experience. It's not uncommon for moms and babies to get off to a rocky start when nursing, which is why you need to know some tips for getting baby to latch.
When you're nursing, a good latch can make the difference between a beautiful bonding experience and a painful attack on your nipples. According to the Dr. Sears' website, mother's don't have to worry about sore nipples and their babies will be able to get a hearty meal when there is a good latch in place.
But how do you know if baby has a good latch going? It's not like they can tell you, right? According to Medela, your baby is properly latched when you notice some of the areola showing above baby's upper lip. The bottom lip should be covering the base of the areola. As baby begins sucking and your milk starts to flow, you'll hear her swallowing all of the natural goodness that is your mama's milk.
Getting baby to that proper latch, however, isn't so simple. By utilizing some of the following tips, you can master latching and get you and your baby on a successful feeding routine.