How to Get a Newborn to Latch Onto the Breast Video

Jesse Zilberstein, lactation educator from The Pump Station in Los Angeles, California, demonstrates the best ways to get a newborn to latch onto the breast.
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Male Speaker: We have Jesse Zilberstein who is a Lactation consultant, certified Lactation Educator from the Pub Station in Los Angeles; I actually send a lot of my patients there. So Jesse how is it going back there? Jesse Zilberstein: It's going to great. Male Speaker: Alright and what you are going to show these new moms to be? Jesse Zilberstein: Well, we are going to talk about a couple of things that moms have questions about before they deliver. Our babies are in a cradle position, the cross cradle position is a variation on this cradle hold that you are all in right now. The difference is that I am going to use this hand and you can all work with me no it, you can use your right hands to support your baby's head, right at around their shoulder blades and you are going to use the other hand to help support your breast. The reason we want to support the baby's shoulder blades here is so that I can actually flex my baby's head back a little bit, so that I can achieve a deeper latch. So why am I making such a big stink about a deep latch? I am going to show you. So you all have balloons, so take your balloon out and I want you to imagine you are eating a huge double-decker sandwich. So if you had a huge sandwich in front of you what would you do? Two hands, would you go straight on? No, you would probably like pinch the sides and then you start from below, yeah. So it's the same idea with latching our babies on because if you imagine our tiny-tiny new born babies and then engorged breast at times, it can be hard for them to get a large amount of the are areola in their mouth and that's what we want for a deep latch. We don't just want the tip of the nipple, remember we want that large amount of tissue in their mouth. So we are going to take out breast and to the side of our nipples, we literally make a sandwich. We are going to do what we did to that double-decker sandwich and we are going to pinch and make a wedge so that when our baby latches on, it's easier for them to get more of that breast tissue in their mouth. Male Speaker: Hey! Jesse it's great you are teaching these moms to be this information because you know breast feeding often doesn't come naturally, so it's important for moms to be and new moms to have the number of good lactation consultant that you can call if you are having problems. So thanks a lot Jesse and good luck ladies. Thank you.

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