The female body is the best work of art. The endlessly captivating, enigmatic and quite simply mind blowing machine that is the female body is also designed to create the purest, most nutritionally beneficiali food source for baby – breastmilk!

Breastfeeding can be a very fulfilling experience, but it does not necessarily come easily. Let's talk about the latch, because one of the most important pieces to the “breastfeeding puzzle” is the latch. How the baby latches onto the mother’s nipple, together with proper positioning goes hand in hand for making breastfeeding a beautiful bonding experience.

Here are some helpful tips for establishing the best latch:

  • Find a comfortable and quiet spot to breastfeed 
  • Position your baby properly with a nursing pillow. Tummy-to-tummy with you, and keep their ear, shoulder and hip in alignment. This will make swallowing easier for them. It is beneficial to get a good nursing pillow, so both you and the baby can be as comfortable as possible during feeding. The pillow should give adjustable firmness to support mother’s neck and shoulders as well as optimum comfort for the baby 
  • Nipple position. Aim the nipple towards the baby’s upper lip/nose. Make sure the baby opens her/his mouth widely to allow for the best latch 
  • Flanged lips. Your baby’s lips should be flanged out around the nipple like a fish 

Struggling to breastfeed?

Breastfeeding may have been your goal, but sometimes there are reasons that make this process unsuccessful, and in times like this, know that it is more than ok to bottle-feed as well. Fed is best! Thankfully we live in a time with variety of options available for moms who are unable to nurse.

The following factors are some of the most common reasons for why breastfeeding becomes difficult:

  • Shallow latch
  • Tongue-tie
  • Insufficient supply
  • Musculoskeletal issues
  • Birth trauma (such as vacuum, forceps or C-section)
  • Misalignment from the birthing process

Fortunately these challenges can be overcome. Let a paediatric chiropractor, or other manual therapists assess the baby’s musculoskeletal system, ensuring proper muscle, joint and nerve coordination and strength needed for a proper latch. A paediatric doctor will revise tongue tie and a lactation consultant skilled in resolving latch issues, helps in guiding the coordination needed for efficient suckling patterns.

don’t forget our nipple shields and nipple pads!

Our Haakaa Silicone Nipple Shields are an effective tool for helping mum's just getting used to the whole breast feeding action, whilst protecting the skin from cracks and bleeds. This product is also appropriate for those who are having latch issues such as: flat or inverted nipples, tongue/lip tie, or an overactive let-down.

You'll want to have plenty of breast pads to hand if your nursing. This handy 3-Pack from Bravado is the perfect option for breastfeeding mothers who are eco-conscious and looking for soft, ultra absorbent pads that they can re-use. With a wicking mesh layer, absorbing inner layer and leak proof outer layer, these odour-resistant cotton pads are just the right thickness to wear under your nursing bra in comfort and without adding bulk. Plus, they come in a multi pack of fun assorted colours and prints.

Remember: Fed is best! Hands up for all mothers out there feeding a baby today, whether from the bottle or indeed the breast, you are doing an amazing job!