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Improper Latching

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!


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