A proper latch latch are the most important factors ensuring good milk transfer. 

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Proper latch should include

  • When latching, align baby nose to nipple, leading with the chin.
  • Chin buried in breast, nose may lightly touch or tip away from breast.
  • More areola showing above the top lip than below bottom lip.
  • Rounded cheeks, free of dimpling when suckling.
  • Lips flanged out with wide open mouth (some babies have thin lips and the latch may not look flanged).
  • Tongue visible over the gums when bottom lip is pulled down.
  • Visible breast compression and possible audible swallowing.
  • Nipple looks undistorted after infant comes off the breast.
  • Infant ends feeding with signs of satiety.