Signs of a good latch-on
|Breastfeeding has many benefits for moms and babies.
- Your baby has a deep latch.
- Both upper and lower lips are flanged/rolled out.
- All or most of the mother's areola is in the baby's mouth (at least one inch from the base of the nipple).
- There is more of the bottom of the areola than the top (asymmetrical latch-on) in baby's mouth.
- Mother is comfortable through the feeding. There may be some initial latch-on pain that subsides quickly.
- Baby latches-on easily with minimal attempts and stays latched-on.
- There is movement in the baby's temples with sucking and baby's jaw moves up and down an inch or more.
- There is slight movement of your skin near your baby's lips.
Signs of a good feeding
- Appropriate output for age (one wet diaper on day one, two wet diapers on day two, three wet diapers on
day three, six wet diapers on day four and on. Baby should have several stools in the first week and regular
stools after the first week.).
- Feeling strong, deep, pulling/sucking, with no sharp pain.
- Consistent sucking with only brief pauses.
- Hearing swallowing at least every third suck once the milk comes in.
- Seeing milk in the baby's mouth.
- Leaking from the other breast, feeling of a let-down reflex or noticing a change in the baby's suckling rhythm from faster to slower.
- Your breasts are softer after feedings.
- Vigorous sucking for 15-20 minutes on each breast or 20-30 minutes on one side. Baby nurses at least eight to 12 times in 24 hours.
- Minimal weight loss during the first few days (<10% of birth weight) and return to birth weight by two weeks.