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Baby 28 hrs old, Baby-Led Mother-Guided Latching

The baby starts searching for the breast. The mother guides him towards the nipple. The baby opens up fairly wide, but the mother does not bring the baby on as well as she could and the baby has a shallow latch. He should have more of the breast in his mouth. The baby is mostly […]

Really Good Drinking

This baby is drinking very well at the breast. The pause in the chin as the baby opens his mouth to the maximum, just before closing his mouth, indicates his mouth is filling up with milk; the longer the pause, the more milk the baby is taking in. Thus, it is obvious that the advice […]

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 […]

Good Drinking

Note the position of the baby at the breast. Chin in the breast, nose not touching, baby covering more of the areola with the lower lip than the upper. An asymmetric latch. The pause in the chin as the baby sucks means the baby just got a mouth full of milk. The longer the pause, […]

Nibbling

This baby is eight weeks old and is doing almost no drinking, though very occasionally one sees a short pause in the baby’s chin. A baby who breastfeeds only with this type of sucking could stay on the breast for hours and still not get enough milk. Something needs to be done here and if […]

10 Hour Old Baby

This baby is only 10 hours old. Notice the asymmetric latch: chin touches the breast, but not the nose and the baby covers more of the areola with his lower lip than his upper lip. He is also tilted up somewhat towards the mother. He is drinking milk from the breast. You can tell because […]

Baby 28 Hours Old Assisted Latching

Shows latching on. Not perfect, but good enough. The mother had no pain. It did take two tries to get the baby to latch on, but that’s okay; there’s no point in trying to force a baby who does not take the breast to stay on the breast. It won’t work.

Baby Led Mother Guided Started Upright Left Breast, Latches

The baby starts searching for the breast. The mother guides him towards the nipple. The baby opens up fairly wide, but the mother does not bring the baby on as well as she could and the baby has a shallow latch. He should have more of the breast in his mouth.

4 Day Old After Tongue-tie Release With Compressions

The baby just had a tongue tie release. The mother is doing compressions appropriately. She waits to see if the baby is drinking or not (pause in the chin). If the baby is not drinking, she compresses, holds the compression until the baby stops sucking or stops drinking and then releases. She waits for the […]

Squeezing Nipple Demonstrating Difference Between Poor latch

When the baby latches on to the nipple only, he gets very little milk. When the baby latches on where he should, the milk flows rapidly.

Inserting a Lactation Aid

This baby needs to receive supplementation. It is best that the baby receive this via lactation aid because: The baby is still on the breast and breastfeeding. Babies learn to breastfeed by breastfeeding. Mothers learn to breastfeed by breastfeeding. The baby is still getting milk from the breast thus helping increase the mother’s milk production. […]

Not Yet Latching, Finger Feed to Latch

Finger feeding is to be used primarily to prepare a baby who does not latch on to take the breast. Note that finger feeding is done only long enough to calm the baby and to get the baby sucking well. This rarely takes more than 60 seconds. It should not be used as a method […]

Cup Feeding

A good alternative to the bottle. Particularly useful for the baby who is refusing the breast. Note that the baby laps the milk up with his tongue. One does not pour the milk down his throat.

Jiggling and Pulling

This is an older baby, about 3 or 4 months of age, whose mother’s production has decreased. See the information sheet Slow Weight Gain Following Early Good Weight Gain for some reasons this decrease in milk production might occur. Some of the reasons that may result in a decreased milk production include the mother’s using […]

Tongue–tie Release

A simple and quick procedure that can make a significant difference in breastfeeding success. The research supporting tongue-tie release is compelling.

Vasospasm Turns Pink

This mother’s nipples turn white after baby has finished feeding. They turn white for some time and then eventually turn pink again. This change in colour is sometimes accompanied by throbbing and burning in the nipples. This is often due to poor latching and/or a yeast infection.