Rockville Lactation

Lynnette Hafken, MA, IBCLC

Lactation Consultant

text/call: (240) 888-2123   |   se habla español

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Infection disease policy: I am fully vaccinated against COVID-19 and get annual flu shots. I am up to date on all available vaccinations. I do not require that clients wear masks at this time, but I will wear one for your family's protection.

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Breast compressions can help with:

  • Babies that sleep at the breast instead of eating
  • Long feedings
  • Fussiness between feedings
  • low milk production
  • Increasing fat content of milk
  • Discomfort from full breasts

Watch for the chin dropping and pausing, indicating a big mouthful of milk being taken in and swallowed.

Here's an older baby who just drinks what lets down and then falls asleep.  Breast compressions keep the baby interested and getting higher fat milk as well.

I wouldn't go so far as to call this a "bad latch," given that no one seems to be bothered by it.  Unless there is a problem like maternal pain or infant weight gain, the latch does not have to look textbook-perfect to be good enough.