How to achieve the
"asymmetrical" latch. Shows some drinking
by the baby (see Third Latch for more obvious drinking),
Latch, Some Compression
Baby is mostly
nibbling at the breast. Compression is being used
to get the baby to drink more. Another "asymmetric"
latch is shown. Note that after re-latching the
baby drinks better than before, and compression is not
necessary to get the baby to drink.
Shows baby latching on
with "asymmetric" latch. Then, later,
the video shows the baby getting milk. The pause in
the chin tells us when the baby is getting milk and the
absence of the pause means the baby is not getting milk.
The pause can be seen, even on the very first day of
life, though obviously, as the baby gets more
milk, the pause gets longer. The
pause does not represent swallowing, but rather the
baby's mouth filling up with milk.
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When the baby latches
on over the nipple, he gets very little milk. When
the baby latches on properly, he gets more milk.
It's as simple as that.
Latch/Good Latch 2 (video
Even in the first few
days, before the milk 'comes in', a good latch is
important so that the baby gets the colostrum. There
is enough colostrum in the first few days, if
the baby gets it. He needs a good
latch in order to get it. Note, that a pump does not work
the same as the baby, so if you cannot pump
colostrum easily, it does not mean you don't have any milk.
Often it is easier to express colostrum by hand than by
Shows baby drinking
from the breast. Edith Kernerman is explaining the pause
in the chin - which is a mouth full of milk. This clip
shows an adoptive baby getting breastmilk and supplement
from a lactation aid.
in Chin - 2
Continued from first
The technique of
compression is demonstrated, and it can be seen that the
baby drinks more milk as the breast is compressed.
The mother starts the compression as the baby sucks, but
does not get milk. It is important to
work with the baby and compress only when the baby is sucking
(moving his/her own mouth).
nibbles, open eyes
Young babies tend to
fall asleep at the breast when the flow of milk slows.
This clip shows that as the baby gets more milk, she opens
her eyes. The technique of
compression is shown.
This clip shows how,
by pushing in the baby's bottom, the mother moves the baby around into a more
"asymmetric" latch, gets the baby to drink
more (more obvious "pauses" at the point of
the chin). The mother's right hand should be palm
up under the baby's face, rather than on the baby's
The mother shifts the
baby around on her own, at about 30 seconds and 38
seconds into the clip, with the baby obviously starting
to drink more once she is positioned more
Shows how to use a lactation aid. Note, that when it is working, the
baby shows he is getting more milk because the pause in
the chin is more obvious. In the second attempt to
use the lactation aid though, the tube seems to be well
placed, it is not. The baby was not getting more
milk, as there were no pauses in the chin.
Fiddling with the tube gets the baby drinking again.
The lactation aid does not work well if the baby is
poorly latched on and/or the tube is poorly placed, but
it can be made to work well with practice.