How To Latch

How To Latch

Hints on making sure your baby is properly attached to your breast.


Make sure your baby is properly attached to your breast. You will have a good supply of milk and your baby will get a good feed.  It will help stop your breasts getting sore.

  1. Hold your baby’s whole body close with their nose level with your nipple.
  2. Let your baby’s head tip back a little so that their top lip can brush against your nipple. This should help your baby to make a wide open mouth.
  3. When your baby’s mouth opens wide, their chin is able to touch your breast first, with their head tipped back so that their tongue can reach as much breast as possible.
  4. With their chin firmly touching and their nose clear, their mouth is wide open and there will be much more of the darker skin visible above your baby’s top lip than below their bottom lip. Your baby’s cheeks will look full and rounded as they feed

It takes time and patience for you and your baby to learn how to breastfeed. Some women take up to 6 weeks to fully establish breastfeeding.

With the right help almost all mothers can breastfeed. Ask for help early. Your midwife, lactation consultant, La Leche League, Well Child Nurse, or Plunket Line will all help you if you need more support and information.

This page last reviewed 06 June 2013.

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