Your baby is not opening mouth wide/full enough before breastfeeding latch because you are not supporting him properly.
How to get a better latch when breastfeeding is a skill every mom needs to learn by applying the next latching tips mentioned in the next visual tutorial.
We hope to get the most use of our animated pictures of how to position a baby correctly to latch on breast
And before we start breastfeeding latching visual guide
First, you should determine what the proper wider latch is.
Or to what extent your breastfed baby should open his mouth. To know what is wider latch vs. narrow latch, check the next simple picture.
How to get baby to latch wider for deeper baby latching?
To get baby to open wide for good/proper latching is simple process depending on 3 steps:
- At any nursing position, your nipple level should be higher than your baby mouth level, certainly at his eyes level.
- After that, gently hit your nipple with his nose or upper lip. By doing that, your infant would turn his head back to search for your nipple to catch.
- Repeat the last step multiple times until you reach the widest opening. Then, insert your nipple.
Some vital breastfeeding latch tricks to apply while trying to get baby to latch wider
- Apply the sandwich hold for a wide baby latch.
The sandwich hold during breastfeeding is a latching technique where you use your hand to press/squeeze your breast to minimize its size. By doing that, you make it easy for your little baby to latch onto the breast, especially if you have a large breast.
- Be patient, especially in the first days after birth. The wider mouth opening may take several trials. So, latch and unlatch till you hit the widest mouth opening.
Another tip on how to make baby open mouth wide for breastfeeding is to keep your baby’s head free to turn backward. You shouldn’t put pillow-blanket behind your baby’s head.
- Also, don’t support his head with your hand. Only use two fingers under his ears “C shape.”
Correct the shallow latch during breastfeeding by following the next latching trick
Breastfeeding latch problems “The shallow latching.”
Breastfeeding bad latch is the main reason to stop breastfeeding journey, especially in the first month after delivery.
There are 3 primary goals of wide/deep latching during breastfeeding:
- Achieve pain-free breastfeeding latching “mild nipple pain is ok.”
- Your breastfeed baby extracts the proper/efficient amount of breast milk each feeding
- Meet the breastfeeding recommendation regarding 6 months of exclusive breastfeeding
In the previous picture, bad/shallow/incorrect latch is when your baby catches only the nipple which is very painful action, and lesser breast milk is extracted.
As a result, within days mother stops breastfeeding where each breastfeeding session is very painful, and mom starts to drop sessions to escape the pain.
And you would notice that your baby is not satisfied with the amount of breast milk he gains while shallow latching. So, he maintains crying after latching as he needs more and more.
Need more visuals,
check our unique guide on how to good latch without pain “9 pictures.”