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Thread: Shallow latch - how to fix

  1. #1
    Join Date
    Apr 2008

    Default Shallow latch - how to fix

    Neither of my boys is a good latcher. They were born at 36 weeks and are currently 6.5 weeks old. One of my twin boys does not open his mouth wide enough when I'm tryin to latch him. I try everything I can think of stimulate his rooting reflex - but he never opens wide like a yawn. I've even tried the game where u say "Open" and wait for the baby to imitate you but it's not working. I have some beat up nipples as a result and dread feedings

  2. #2
    Join Date
    Oct 2007

    Default Re: Shallow latch - how to fix

    Have you tried a nipple sandwhich? different positions that may allow for a better latch? Try to bring your baby to your breast instead of the other way around. Also make sure he is awake, I always found a sleepy baby = lazy latch.
    Allie, moma to Owen born 11/23/2006 and breast feeding ever since. .

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  3. #3
    Join Date
    Jan 2006

    Default Re: Shallow latch - how to fix

    lots of babies that are born early don't nurse well untill after thier due date.
    you can do it.

  4. #4
    Join Date
    Jul 2006

    Default Re: Shallow latch - how to fix

    Try pulling his chin down on a bit when he latches on and make sure he's close to your body...if you tuck his bottom towards you it should help position him where his chin is touching your breast and his nose is not in your breast. Do a google search for Dr. Jack Newman..he has a good article on latching.
    Last edited by nywifey; April 6th, 2008 at 06:09 PM.
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