So latching, as most of you already know, is when a baby ‘locks on’ to the breast for purposes of feeding. Sometimes babies lock on to things other than the breast. Usually this is a pacifier, a bottle, or something otherwise appropriate. The strength of a baby sucking is very impressive. Connor has no problem latching… when he wants to.
Just before we were discharged from the hospital, I was holding Connor. He had been resisting his feedings during the day, but was going after everything else with his mouth. He also, as of day 2 of life, was lifting his head to look around. This was the perfect storm. His head raised from my shoulder, and I brought him off my chest so that I could look at my son — and he promptly latched to my nose.
Now, babies tend to grab hold of something, suck a couple of times and let go. Not this time. He grabbed hold and latched hard, sucking like a hoover. At this point I was laughing so hard that I was crying and couldn’t pull him off! The image of slingshotting my kids head across the room flashed through my mind, so I let him suck until he decided that he would not get any milk from my nostril and let go.
A minute later I handed Connor off and got up to use the restroom… only to find that I had a darkening hickey the width of my nose!
So, latching and sucking: doing it right. Aim: needs work!