Latching On

Latching On

Latch and Positioning


Learn about breastfeeding and have support

Consider taking our  breastfeeding class here at Little Company of Mary Hospital to prepare for breast-feeding success.  Our support group offers new mothers (after discharge home) the opportunity to meet and share experiences with other breast feeding women, and also provides guidance from an expert LCM Lactation Consultant. The Group meets every Wednesday from 11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m., except for holidays, at Little Company of Mary in the 8th floor solarium. All mothers and babies are welcome. No registration is necessary. Our goal is to give every mom and baby the best start possible. For lactation information, please call 708.229.5418.


During your hospital stay, ask for help from the hospital staff

Little Company of Mary nurses are specially trained to assist you and your baby in learning to breastfeed. You and your baby learn to breastfeed together.


Skin to Skin.  Place your baby’s bare body on your chest after birth.

  • When you baby is held close to you he is able to smell the first milk called colostrum. This milk smells like the fluid he was bathed in before he was born.
  • Given time on your chest after birth, your baby may find his way down to your breast and latch on by himself.


The first three days after birth

  • Babies are alert for the first few hours after birth. This is the best time to start breastfeeding.
  • After this wakeful period, babies typically sleep a lot the rest of their first day. During the next two days, babies tend to wake up and spend a lot of time at the breast, getting nourishment and building your milk supply.
  • Babies can get over stimulated from all the sights, sounds, and activities of their new world. Being held close and at the breast helps babies to be calm and soothed.
  • This time of being close and frequent feeding facilitates bonding and releases hormones that make milk in the mother’s body.


How to help your baby latch onto your breast

  • Hold your baby close, with baby’s tummy facing your tummy.
  • Support baby with a pillow if needed.
  • Have one hand support baby’s neck.
  • Use your other hand to support the breast if needed.
  • First have baby’s chin touch your breast, then have your nipple opposite baby’s nose.
  • Tickle the baby’s upper lip with your nipple to make his mouth open wide,
  • Then bring him to your breast quickly.
  • Baby should latch the areola, not just the nipple. This will enable baby to get more milk and reduce the likelihood of developing nipple soreness.
  • If you feel pain with nursing, baby may not have enough breast in his mouth.
  • Insert your finger between his jaws to break suction then relatch.


Learn different positions and have the nurses help you with breastfeeding

  • Laid-Back Feeding: Lean back comfortably (not flat) so that your infant is on your chest with gravity helping to keep him in position. As your baby rests on your abdomen, let his cheek rest near one of your bare breasts. Allow your baby to root and self-attach. Support your breast if necessary.
  • Cross-cradle: Hold baby tummy to tummy. Hold your forearm along baby’s back, with your hand supporting baby’s neck and shoulders. Your other hand can support the breast.
  • Football: Baby’s body is under your arm close to your body and your hand supports his neck and shoulders. Baby’s head is under the breast, looking up at you. Your other hand can support your breast.
  • Side-lying: You can rest while your baby feeds! Lay on your side, baby tummy to tummy with you. Use your upper arm to support your breast. When baby’s mouth opens wide, press baby onto breast with
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