Saturday, July 30, 2011

The Big Latch On!

A week from today mamas all across the nation will gather to attempt to break the world record for simultaneous breastfeeding during the Big Latch On.  (The current international world record is 9,826 nursing mothers, recorded at 325 sites in 16 countries in October 2010.)  Our local event is being held at Library Square in downtown Salt Lake City.  To participate, you must register between 10 and 10:30 am, then have your child latched on from 10:30 - 10:31 am. 

I'm really excited for the opportunity to be part of a (potential) world record-breaking event!  If you are interested in participating in the Big Latch On in your area, go here for more info.

And speaking of latching on, last week at the Latch On America event, I picked up quite a few goodie bags.  In one of the bags were some Lasinoh products along with a card of "Latch-On Tips".  It was so clever and helpful, I just had to share...
Lips          Baby’s lips turn outward
Areola    Baby takes one inch of areola into mouth along with nipple
Tickle      Tickle baby’s lips with your nipple to encourage a wide open mouth
Chin         Baby’s chin rests against breast
Hold        Hold breast with thumb on one side and fingers on the other to aid latch-on
Open      Bring baby to breast when baby’s mouth is wide open
No Pain  If you are feeling pain or discomfort, gently unlatch and try again

I think the last tip, No Pain, is the most important.  Breastfeeding should not hurt.  If your baby is not latched on properly, it will be painful and may lead to sore, cracked, or bleeding nipples. 

If you're struggling with obtaining a proper latch, hopefully the tips above will help.  If you've tried the tips above and still don't feel you're obtaining a good latch, try working with a lactation consultant or La Leche League leader.  You can always find a La Leche League leader by going here or by calling 1-877-4-LALECHE.

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