Happy Mothers, Breastfed Babies


All expectant, new, and experienced mothers and children are invited to attend.

Meetings are held on the third THURSDAY

of each month

10:00 AM at First Christian Church

on Rivermont Avenue.

Park in the back. The meeting is on the 3rd floor.

Come join us for mother-to-mother breastfeeding support and friendship. See you there!

Meeting Place

Meeting Place
Park in the back lot and go through these doors.

Meeting Room

Meeting Room
We meet on the 3rd floor, on the right.

Thursday, June 27, 2013

Latch

We've had a full house at the last few months of our local LLL meetings! It's always heartening to see new moms come for the first time in need of assistance or mom-to-mom support, and we love to see repeat moms. Watching babies grow month to month is such a pleasure.

One of the most common concerns new moms experience in breastfeeding is nipple pain. In fact, it's more of a challenge then a concern. So many moms feel desperate to just get their nipple into their newborns mouth, that it's easy to lose focus on encouraging a deep latch. What's happening to cause such pain is the following: in a shallow latch, babe is drawing in mom's nipple and generally crushing the nipple into the top of the hard palate. Ouch!

The first focus of a new breastfeeding mom is encourage babe to take the entire nipple and much of the areola into her babe's mouth. At our meetings and on the phone, we refer moms to google "The Flipple" technique. A brief explanation - By placing your finger on top of your nipple you are guiding your nipple to point upwards. Once babe opens her mouth wide, use your finger to flip your nipple into her mouth. Another way to think of it is this: your nipple is pointed up, above babe's mouth, and once her mouth opens wide, you allow your nipple (and areola) to drop into her mouth.

Another helpful link is found HERE, and is from the llli.org website.

We know that sometimes there is more going on in relation to sore nipples - maybe babe has a weak suck due to tongue tie. But focus first on a really great latch. That has brought many moms relief (and to babes, full bellies.)