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Is a baby latching on? How to tell

Signs of a Good Suck

The following are signs that the baby is sucking properly at the breast.

  • Upon initial latch baby will begin to suck quickly
  • These quick sucks will trigger mothers letdown reflex.
  • Baby’s sucking will become longer and a suck-suck-pause pattern should develop as the milk lets down.
  • Baby’s ear and temple will wiggle with each suck.
  • Mother should feel a gentle tugging, but no pain.


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  • Baby’s lips should be flanged and tongue should cup the breast.
  • See it: The temple/ear wiggle, jaw movement
  • Feel it: Gentle tugging at the breast
  • Hear it: Audible suck, swallow, pattern
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