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Dr Carol's Advice
   
Latching-On Checklist ... for the Early Days  
  Baby Latching On
Your view of latch-on Baby at left breast
 
 
Baby is interested
  • even if still very sleepy: wiggles, hands go to mouth, mouth moves
 
 
Clothing out of the way
  • Yours and baby’s
 
 
Support your Baby
  • Baby’s weight is supported mainly by your torso and arm, not your lap.


  • Baby is horizontal, with head, chest, navel, and knees all facing you.


  • Baby’s chin not tucked; nose near your nipple, not chin near nipple.


  • Your hand supports base of baby’s head;
    fingers don’t touch cheeks or press on back of head.



  • Baby’s lower body pasted to your torso, body to body.
 
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