How to get your baby to latch on properly

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Stephanie - posted on 06/22/2009

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the website www.drjacknewman.com is a great one for info and pictures. Making sure your baby opens their mouth super wide and basically jamming your nipple into their mouth is what you have to do. I found it was very difficult for my son to latch on and after 4 weeks of frustration on both our parts, my husband and I made the decision to switch to formula. If breastfeeding doesn't work for you or your baby, please do not feel guilty about pumping and bottle feeding or formula feeding. It is a personal decision and breastfeeding just doens't work for everybody. Good luck and I hope it goes well!

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i struggled to get my baby to latch on properly at first as my nipples where too big.

i found that i would just tap my nipple on her nose, wait for her to open her mouth REALLY wide (sometimes took a few goes) then just cram my nipple in her mouth, pull her in nice and close to my chest and finally i would flip her bottom lip out with my finger to make sure it curled back the way it was suppose to be.



good luck!

Kate - posted on 06/22/2009

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I'm not sure where you are located, but I would call/e-mail someone from La Leche League. They will help you via phone and let you know when you can come to their breastfeeding support meetings. Worked wonders for us!

Carrie - posted on 06/22/2009

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I had no problem w latching on but my friend did and she had to use nipple shields for a while to get her son to latch on and I would stray from a bottle and paci. if possible cause that might also make it hard for your baby to latch on and the hardest part is just don't give up you can do it. It will work eventually and you will be so happy you did!! I only nursed my last child and I have 2 others I thought it would be easier not to but now I wish that I would have breastfed all of them it's hard but stick with it the benefits are awesome!!

Carrie - posted on 06/22/2009

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I had no problem w latching on but my friend did and she had to use nipple shields for a while to get her son to latch on and I would stray from a bottle and paci. if possible cause that might also make it hard for your baby to latch on and the hardest part is just don't give up you can do it. It will work eventually and you will be so happy you did!! I only nursed my last child and I have 2 others I thought it would be easier not to but now I wish that I would have breastfed all of them it's hard but stick with it the benefits are awesome!!

Carrie - posted on 06/22/2009

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I had no problem w latching on but my friend did and she had to use nipple shields for a while to get her son to latch on and I would stray from a bottle and paci. if possible cause that might also make it hard for your baby to latch on and the hardest part is just don't give up you can do it. It will work eventually and you will be so happy you did!! I only nursed my last child and I have 2 others I thought it would be easier not to but now I wish that I would have breastfed all of them it's hard but stick with it the benefits are awesome!!

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