Have nipple and baby’s nostrils in line before
Mother’s hand under the baby’s face.
Head supported but NOT pushed in against breast.
Head tilted back slightly.
Baby’s body and legs wrapped in around mother.
Push with base of hand on baby’s back and shoulders
when MOUTH WIDE OPEN to move baby quickly onto breast, so chin and lower jaw
touch breast first.
WATCH LOWER LIP, aim it as far from base of nipple as possible, so tongue draws
LOTS OF BREAST into mouth.
Move baby’s body and head together – keep baby uncurled.
Once latched, top lip will be close to nipple, areola shows above lip. Keep chin
close against breast.
Wide Mouth / Gape
Need MOUTH WIDE BEFORE baby moved onto breast.
Teach baby to open wide/gape:
move baby toward breast, touch top lip against nipple
move mouth away SLIGHTLY
touch top lip against nipple again, move away again
REPEAT UNTIL BABY OPENS WIDE and has tongue forward
baby not breast
Mother's View While Latching Baby
View of Nursing Baby
Recommendations For The Mother
Mother’s posture: Sit with straight, well-supported back;
trunk facing forwards, lap flat.
Baby’s position before feed begins: On pillow, nostril (not mouth) in line with nipple.
Baby’s body: Placed not quite tummy to tummy, but so that baby comes up to breast from below
and baby’s upper eye makes eye contact with mother’s.
and firm inner breast tissue by raising breast slightly with fingers placed flat
on chest wall and thumb pointing up (if helpful, also use sling of tensor
bandage around breast)
Entice baby to gape:
baby’s head and shoulders supported so head extends slightly as baby moved to
breast. Touch baby’s top lip to nipple and move baby away slightly and repeat until baby
opens wide with tongue forward.
Move baby quickly on to breast:
head tilted back slightly, pushing in across shoulders so chin and lower jaw
make first contact (not nose) while mouth still wide open, keep baby uncurled
(means tongue nearer breast);
lower lip is aimed as far from nipple as possible so baby’s tongue draws in
maximum amount of breast tissue
Mother needs to AVOID:
pushing her breast across her body
chasing the baby with her breast
flapping the breast up and down
holding breast with scissor grip
not supporting breast
twisting her body towards the baby instead of slightly away
aiming nipple to center of baby’s mouth
pulling baby’s chin down to open mouth
flexing baby’s head when bringing to breast
moving breast into baby’s mouth instead of bringing baby to breast
moving baby onto breast without a proper gape
not moving baby onto breast quickly enough at height of gape
having baby’s nose touch breast first and not the chin
holding breast away from baby’s nose
NOTE: The article above titled "When
written by Anne J Barnes and is the opinion of its author. "The New Parents Guide" does not guarantee the information to
be factual. Always use the guidance of your personal
doctor or your child's doctor over information you read on this site or elsewhere; your doctors know what is
best for you and your baby.