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Q&A: How Do I Know if My Baby’s Latch Is Wrong?

How do I know if my baby’s latch is wrong?
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March 2, 2017
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On the one hand, I feel the way a baby latches on is extremely important. Onthe other hand, mothers have been breastfeeding babies with poor latchessince the beginning of time and breastfeeding worked anyway. But that meantthat a lot of women had sore nipples (usually temporarily) and babies had tobreastfeed frequently and for long periods of time in order for breastfeeding towork. On the other hand, if you are not in pain and the baby is drinking milk well(see the video clips at www.nbci.ca for babies who drink well — or not — andalso learn how to latch a baby on “our way,” by watching the two video clipstitled “28-hour-old baby”) and is content and gaining, the latch is good enough.

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