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UnityPoint Clinic Express (Fort Dodge)

2728 2nd Avenue South
Fort Dodge, IA 50501

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How Do I Know if Baby is Latched Correctly?

This is one of the most important things to successful breastfeeding for both baby and 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 Trinity Birth Center's Lactation Consultant or educator with questions at (515) 574-6052.