Learn About Latch & Breastfeeding with YouTube

Photo from La Leche League International.

When beginning to breastfeed, and throughout your breastfeeding career, achieving a proper latch is the key to ensuring a comfortable experience for you (no cracked or bleeding nipples) and a satisfying experience for your baby (milk in his tummy!). Know this: Breastfeeding should not hurt! If it does, you must re-examine your baby’s latch. A poor latch leads to hurt, sore, and “traumatized” nipples, which leads to frustration, pain, and disappointment. If you find that you’re experiencing pain from breastfeeding, seek help as soon as possible. The sooner you can fix a bad latch, the less likely it is you will endure more severe nipple pain. If possible, seek help from a lactation consultant in your area. Some will consult over the phone, which can help, but for latch problems, it’s best if a lactation consultant see you and your baby feeding in action. Often, hospital maternity wards will have lactation consultants on staff. Call the hospital to ask if you can stop by for a consultation. Otherwise, search for a private lactation consultant in your area.

If a lactation consultant is not available or if you’ve already seen someone and want more information, YouTube is an excellent resource. YouTube contains several videos that demonstrate — with a live baby & mom — a good latch. Search YouTube with phrases like “good breastfeeding latch,” “how to get a good latch,” and “good latch bad latch.” Watch a few different videos to see how babies are positioned at different angles, and how a good latch looks looks on moms with different breast size and appearance, and with babies of different ages.

 Have you used YouTube for breastfeeding help? Tell us about it in the comments!


Weekly Reads: Breastfeeding Support

Ah, breastfeeding. Such a beautiful and wonderful thing. And while it is the most healthy and natural thing to do, it’s not always simple… especially in those first few days and weeks (it does become simple, I promise!). I was fortunate enough with my first to have a near flawless breastfeeding experience. But when my second came around, he was a different kind of nursling. If he would have been my first, I would have experienced a lot more frustration and worry. The bottom line? It is absolutely essential for new moms to have support during the early days of breastfeeding. Support can come in the simplest form — a trusted friend or sister who has or is breastfeeding — or from a trained lactation consultant who has answered nearly every kind of breastfeeding question.

Another key ingredient to breastfeeding success is education. Read up on the basics of breastfeeding, take a class and talk to other moms for a primer on the most important things to know.

It’s all about the latch! Check out the video in this post for some excellent images of a correct latch. @ Breastfeeding with Comfort and Joy

The dreaded nipple pain… can be avoided! @ Sixty Second Parent

Going back to work doesn’t have to mean giving up breastfeeding. Learn how! @ Lamaze

Find support quickly at the La Leche League mother-to-mother support forums. @ La Leche League

One of my favorite breastfeeding resource sites… find articles that address  nearly every question. @ kellymom