• Primates have evolved as active participants in the latching process from childhood observation within the home and through community role-modelled learning
  • Baby’s behaviour is innate and with maternal help, aided when necessary by professional expertise, he will latch to perfection at the sensitive time following birth. Good delivery ward management is essential. Latch is best terminated by sleep  (re-visit slide 7).
  • If insufficient time is allowed for imprinting, with perceptual tactile recognition of the milking (suckling) area, then displacement may occur to a non-nutritive imprint and breastfeeding problems and especially nipple discomfort may follow.

Poor latch leads to nipple damage

Asymmetrical latch for comfort and painless, pleasurable milk delivery

Best latch

Tongue Tie may impair latch

Scissor snip and finger push