How do you stop a shallow latch?
To prevent a shallow latch in the first place, try nursing her on a recline, using gravity to help her take more of your breast. This, along with hand expressing or pumping beforehand, will also ease a quick letdown that an oversupply could be contributing to.
Is a shallow latch always painful?
You should see and hear your child sucking and swallowing, and you should not feel any pain. A little bit of tenderness when the baby first latches on is normal, but it should not be very painful, and it should not last the entire feeding. After each feeding, your breasts should feel softer and less full.
What does a shallow latch feel like?
Hafken says some tell-tale signs of a shallow latch include a feeling of pinching in the nipple during feeding, a crack or scab in the shape of a line across your nipple, or your nipple looking flattened, pinched, or lipstick-shaped after a feeding. But don’t feel like you have to nurse through the pain.
Can a shallow latch decrease milk supply?
If a mother has a repeatedly shallow or incorrect latch, her milk supply will decrease and could become compromised. An additional very important issue to consider when speaking about a shallow latch is nipple damage. Incorrect latch can lead to blisters, cracks, fissures, bruises, bleeding and scabbing.
How do you get a good latch with a large areola?
Cup your breast: Hold your breast from below with your thumb on one side and fingers on the other. Squeeze gently while guiding your nipple and areola into your baby’s mouth. Dab on breast milk: If you end up with sore nipples, try rubbing a few drops of expressed breast milk over your nipples.