2 Day Old
The baby in this video is only 40 hours old.
Baby has a pretty good latch. Notice his chin is in the breast, his nose
is away from the breast and he covers more of the areola with his lower
lip than the upper lip.
During the first part of the video, the baby has an occasional pause in the chin, but is mostly “nibbling” without drinking.
Mother is using compressions, but not always as we recommend. She should
compress while the baby sucks, but does not drink and not while he’s
not sucking at all.
Compressions at this age (before milk “comes in”), often work only after
several series of compressions, unlike later, when the milk supply is
greater, when compression usually works immediately.
Around 1 minute into the video, the baby starts pulling a little at the breast, becoming impatient with the slow flow.
Then, about 1 minute and 14 seconds, the baby starts to drink vigorously, and you can see several pausing type sucks in a row.
The mother maintains compression until baby no longer drinks, then releases (at 1 minute 30 seconds).
The baby starts sucking again at about 1 minute 37 seconds. Babies who
are latched on and hungry will start sucking on their own. No need to
tickle their feet or put cold cloths on their foreheads.
Babies do not fall asleep at breast because they are tired, but rather because the flow is slow. How to maintain the flow?
1. A good latch
2. Compressions when the baby is sucking but not drinking
See the how the baby in the video clip Introducing a lactation aid wakes
up and drinks vigorously when the flow of milk increases again. Notice
around two minute mark, the compression once again works well.