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Getting the perfect latch??

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August 1st, 2012, 01:03 AM
aubers68's Avatar Mega Super Mommy
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Is there an average amount of time I should find that "perfect" latch? My daughter, Summer, is only 4 days old and she does pretty good nursing but I've found that her latch isn't as good as it should be. When we do get a good latch it's as though she becomes lazy after a few minutes and doesn't have as much of the areola as I think she should have. When the latch is more shallow it isn't painful when she nurses, does this make a shallow latch ok? (I do have pretty long nipples, so I don't know if that makes it harder to get more of the areola for her?) I've had nurses help me out and show me what to do, but I just can't seem to get her to take enough of the areola in with the nipple itself. I'm being really patient and not too worried as we are both new to this, but I was wondering if it's normal to take some time to get the latch "perfected"?

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August 1st, 2012, 10:20 AM
mgm78's Avatar Zoe's mom Meredith
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It is really hard to comment on latch over the internet, but if you are concerned you can go to a La Leche meeting or something and have some hand's on help. If she is nursing ok, making her diapers, and your nipples are not hurting or cracked or anything, i would just continue as is. My DD was tiny when born and had a hard time getting a good latch, as she grew, her latch improved. I would just keep an eye on her to make sure she is getting a decent latch.

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