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Old 02-25-2010, 05:44 PM   #1
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What my IBCLC said about latching

I went to an IBCLC (also RLC,BS,MLS) who has a lot more up to date trainging and education than your typical LC has. My hospital LC told me to hold my breast in a C hold and hold the baby's neck with the other hand to latch. My IBCLC says you only do that if you have really large breasts and you cannot see your nipples.

Otherwise you leave your breast where it and take opposite hand over the neck and wait until a wide gape to latch on. As soon as he/she is latched scoop your other arm under his body to support his body and head. This will leave your other arm free for drinking your water for example Then if you need to correct his latch to make it deeper on the bottom of your areola then you can put your finger on his/her chin and push down as he/she is sucking. You can also fix his/her lips to make it more like a fish.

She said all of this c holding and compressions is leading to a lot of mastitis.

I found this incredibly helpful, and hope you do too!

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Re: What my IBCLC said about latching

Thanks for posting this, its appreciated
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