Re: Latch On
I would also suggest contacting a local LLL Leader or a Lactation Consultant. LLL Leaders are free. Your wife could also attend a local LLL meeting where she can get one on one help from a leader and support from other moms. Honestly, the easiest way to learn how to latch a baby on is to
1.) See other women nursing their babies (there are lots at a meeting)
2.) Have in person hands on help from a knowledgable person
Good luck and keep up all that wonderful support for the mama and baby. They WILL get it and it WILL get easier. Promise. We've all been through those very tough first weeks.
And please prepare yourself and your wife for a coming growth spurt. It usually happens around 3 weeks, and your baby will probably want to nurse ALL the time. Doesn't mean he's starving, it's normal, you just have to nurse, nurse, nurse and ride it out!
Mom to Laura (3/1/06)