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    is that a good latch?? some said it was a good latch and some said it wasnt... i've been breastfeeding for 7 weeks... shes gaining weight, good amount of wet and poop diapers and is always satisfied after a feeding... im concerned about her latching because the past couple weeks my nipples have been sore after nursing but the past couple days the pain has been worse

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    It looks fine, but what really matters is how it feels. It's common to have a latch that looks great on the outside but which is awful on the inside, and vice versa.
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    Agree! All it means for a latch to be "correct" is that appropriate milk transfer is happening AND it is comfortable for mom. How it looks is irrelevant, except that a breastfeeding helper might be able to suggest adjustments going by what she observes when baby latches and nurses for an entire feeding. (One picture is not going to be enough information) and how mom describes the feeling.

    Sometimes sore nipples are caused by other factors, for example thrush, but USUALLY it is a shallow latch. Does it hurt while baby nurses? Worse at beginning? Worse at end? Only after baby comes off? Are you engorged? is baby pulling off? Is baby clamping? Making a clicking sound? Is baby having difficulty latching? Is your nipple mishapen, creased and/or white when baby comes off? These are all clues as to what might be going on.

    If it is latch, a quick troubleshoot is to change up positioning, try a different hold, try laid back (mom comfortably reclined, baby sort of on top, tummy to tummy or tummy to chest) or side lying. Just as with latch, there are no rules to positioning, except that it is comfortable for mom and baby and milk transfer is happening.

    Some ideas http://www.llli.org/faq/positioning.html

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    it hurts after shes done nursing, she does pull off (sometimes i forget to unlatch and pull off but it doesnt hurt), she makes a clicking noise.. sometimes when shes done nursing my nipple is pointed on top..

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    i also wanted to add that she does "empty" a side at eat feeding and is happy and content after
    if i sandwich my boob to help her get more into her mouth do i continue to do that the whole feeding??

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    I believe the the sandwich technique is generally for initial latch, Whether you need to keep holding the breast throughout the feeding depends on what happens if you don't-if when you release, it causes baby to slip partway off and it hurts, you might want to keep holding. Also, be careful your fingers are not in the way of babies lips/jaw when you are doing the sandwich hold. Position your hand so you leave plenty of space around the areola while baby is latching. Also try to keep your hand off the back of babies head, pushing or even light pressure on babies headoften makes baby push back and have difficulty getting a good latch. Standing up to nurse and/or doing laidback so baby is securely more or less on top of you often helps with the head thing.
    I wonder also, if there is just a tad of forceful letdown, causing baby to clamp down during the let down to slow the flow? BTW, this can be happening whether or not you feel letdown. Clicking is one sign of this.* Otherwise, this is totally a guess, see links below for reading on this.

    Some videos that may help: Ameda Latch-On video–about 5 minutes long, partly animated this video illustrates what a “good” deep latch is and offers some simple steps for getting there. Latch video: http://www.ameda.com/resources/video

    Laid Back Breastfeeding Video: http://www.biologicalnurturing.com/video/bn3clip.html

    Forceful let down article & info: http://www.kellymom.com/bf/supply/fast-letdown.html & http://www.llli.org/docs/00000000000...ggrimacing.pdf

    *Clicking is also a sign of tongue tie. But sometimes clicking does not mean anything.

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