Latch Breast Feeding | UnityPoint Health - Finley Hospital
How do I know if my baby is latched correctly?

How Do I Know if Baby is Latched Correctly?

This is one of the most important things to successful breastfeeding for both baby & mom

  • Support breast with hands & fingers off of the areola.
  • C-hold for football, U-hold for modified cradle
  • Mother's thumb is placed on breast where baby's nose will be pointing
  • Angle Nipple toward baby's nose or roof of baby's mouth
  • Stroke baby's upper lip with mom's nipple
  • Wait for wide open mouth (like a big yawn)
  • Bring baby onto the breast, baby's lower lip needs to be ½ to 1 inch below nipple base on areola and upper lip just over mom's nipple
  • Baby's upper and lower lips pouty and baby's mouth should remain wide open. The corners of baby's upper and lower lips should NOT touch.
  • Mom feels a strong tug with each suck, but not a lot of discomfort
  • Baby sucks consistently and vigorously.
  • Nipple is rounded when it comes out of baby's mouth, not pointed or pinched.

Please call the UnityPoint Health Finley Hospital Lactation Consultant with questions at (563) 552-2837.