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Latch Video Resources

posted Jul 20, 2015, 1:10 PM by Carolyn Honea, IBCLC, CLC   [ updated Dec 3, 2018, 7:03 AM ]
The Secrets to a Successful Latch
Cross-Cradle Position
A good latch at the breast helps mother nurse comfortably and helps baby to remove milk effectively. There are a few secrets to a great latch. Nothing explains it better than seeing it visually explained so I've compiled 5 helpful videos. Be looking for a few of the secrets - holding baby tummy to tummy with mom (baby should NOT have hips facing the ceiling), bringing baby onto your breast with his/her lower jaw at the outer edge of the areola away from the nipple, and giving baby a quick firm "hug" deep onto the breast when s/he opens wide. I recommend latching using the cross-cradle position (see illustration to the right) or football position, and then comfortably reclining. Check them all out!

Deep/Asymmetrical Latch, multiple positions


Football Position/Asymmetric Latch



Deep Latch cross-cradle position



Laid-back latch and position



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