By Danelle Frisbie, PhD © 2010
Nipple Twist Latch Steps:
1) Pinch the areola right next to your nipple so the nipple can be moved (it may take a second for the nipple to evert if it was otherwise flat). You can use your thumb and first finger, or 2 fingers - whichever is easier for that side and the shape of your breasts. If you have 'puffy' breasts, you can also position the rest of your hand under your breast to lift it up slightly and away from your chest.
2) Turn the nipple up so it is pointing at your face. Do not be shocked if some milk exits. This is normal as you are putting very slight pressure on the milk ducts. There is no need to wipe off the milk as the scent will only help to encourage baby to nurse.
3) Position baby's mouth at the bottom of your upturned nipple, so baby's mouth is open over your nipple/finger and onto the above areola.
4) When you let go, the nipple will land deep into baby's mouth - where it is meant to be for comfortable latch and sucking.
Thank you to Bronwyn Millar for sharing her technique with DrMomma readers via video examples (below).
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