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