How do I get my baby to open wider for latch?

Answered by Frank Schwing

To get your baby to open wider for a good latch, there are a few techniques you can try. One method is to tickle your baby’s lips with your nipple. Gently brush your nipple against their upper lip, which will encourage them to open their mouth wider. This can help ensure a deeper latch and better milk transfer.

Another tip is to aim your nipple just above your baby’s top lip. This helps guide your baby’s mouth onto your breast in a way that allows for a wider latch. You want to make sure your baby’s chin isn’t tucked into their chest, as this can lead to a shallow latch and discomfort for both you and your baby.

Additionally, it’s important to aim your baby’s lower lip away from the base of your nipple. This helps ensure that your baby takes in as much of the areola as possible, rather than just the nipple. Taking in a larger portion of the breast can lead to effective milk transfer and reduce the risk of nipple soreness.

It’s worth noting that getting a good latch can sometimes require practice and patience. If your baby is having difficulty latching deeply, you can try different breastfeeding positions to find what works best for you and your baby. Some positions, such as the “laid-back” or “koala” position, can help encourage a wider latch.

Remember that every baby is different, and what works for one may not work for another. If you’re still struggling with getting a good latch, it can be helpful to reach out to a lactation consultant or a breastfeeding support group for personalized guidance and support.

In summary, to encourage your baby to open wider for a good latch, try tickling their lips with your nipple, aim your nipple just above their top lip, and ensure their lower lip is away from the base of your nipple. Experiment with different breastfeeding positions and don’t hesitate to seek professional help if needed.