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Watch as Parents Magazine shows how to get a good latch while breastfeeding! Breastfeeding positions are much easier when your baby has a good latch. Nursing doesn't always come easy to every infant and mom, but your baby is more likely to latch well when she's alert and hungry. To help her latch comfortably, your nipple needs to to back far in her mouth. Shape your breast so that your areola becomes an oval, then stroke your baby's bottom lip with your nipple. As she opens her mouth wide enough, guide her onto your breast. Her bottom lip will cover most of the lower half of your areola, while the top will rest just a bit above your nipple. Make sure her chin is pressed into your breast with her nose free to breathe. As her hands and body relax, you can tell she has a good breastfeeding latch. If you fee pain, your baby needs to use her jaw and tongue more to get the milk out. Re-position her by placing a finger on the side of her mouth, between her gums. This will break the seal, letting her try again. No matter the nursing position, a good breastfeeding latch is key to a happy, healthy, and full baby!

12 Signs of a Good Latch: www.parents.com/baby/breastfeeding/tips/breastfeeding-latch/

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