Keeping your baby latched while feeding
Sometimes babies will unlatch mid-feed. If your baby unlatches from your breast during feeding, these top tips should help them to re-latch. Give them a minute before reattaching as they may just want a rest from feeding.
- Hold your baby close
- Position your nipple with your baby’s nose
- Touch your nipple against their top lip so they open their mouth
- Make sure your baby’s chin touches your breast
How long should a breastfeeding session last?
The time it takes to breastfeed your baby depends on a number of factors, such as your milk flow, your baby’s age and their alertness at time of feeding – a sleepy baby will likely take longer to feed than a fully rested baby.
A breastfeeding session with your baby might take anywhere between five and 45 minutes. The average feeding often lasts somewhere between 10 and 20 minutes.However, if they are frequently only feeding for five minutes at a time you may want to encourage them to feed for longer and endure that their weight gain is sufficient.
How do I get my baby to unlatch from my nipple?
Breaking the suction before pulling your baby away from your breast is key to avoiding sore nipples. To help your baby unlatch, try gently inserting your little finger into the corner of your baby’s mouth in order to gently break the suction. Then quickly remove the nipple in case they latch on again.
You can also try very gently pulling down on your baby’s chin until their mouth opens wider, then unlatch the nipple.
Are there any breastfeeding positions to avoid?
Certain breastfeeding positions can be bad for your baby and should be avoided, including...
- Having your baby’s head facing a different direction than their body – their head shouldn’t be turned.
- Hunching your body over your baby while feeding.
- Holding your baby’s body too far away from your breast.
Which breastfeeding positions are comfier if you've had a C-Section?
The football hold breastfeeding position can be more comfortable for mothers who have had a C-section, as it keeps your baby away from the abdominal incision. The laid-back or side-lying positions may also be a more comfortable option than sitting, as they both allow you to avoid having any weight or pressure on your wound.