A Good Latch Is The Key To Successful Breastfeeding


A Good Latch Is The Key To Successful Breastfeeding

Make sure your baby is properly latched. Watch a video showing you how.


Getting your latch right is the key to successful breastfeeding.

Ask to be shown how to feed. 

Make sure your baby is properly attached (latched). If they are latched you will have a good supply of milk and your baby will get a good feed, and your breast and nipples will be comfortable.

There are lots of different positions for breastfeeding. Helpful tips include:

  • having your baby’s head and body in a straight line so they can swallow easily
  • holding your baby close to you, and supporting their neck, shoulders and back
  • making sure your baby can tilt their head back easily, and doesn’t need to reach out to feed

Watch the video several times!

Find out how often your baby should breastfeed

See more on how to latch

Find out about the free lactation consultant service through PlunketLine

Check SmartStart to find breastfeeding support services in your area

Check KidsHealth's breastfeeding section

Check KidsHealth's infant nutrition section

This page last reviewed 30 May 2022.

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