photo of Lenore Goldfarb
Additional Reading

Dr. Jack Newman’s Breastfeeding Videos

First Latch
How to achieve the "asymmetrical" latch. Shows some drinking by the baby (see Third Latch for more obvious drinking), some nibbling.

Second Latch, Some Compression
Baby is mostly nibbling at the breast. Compression is being used to get the baby to drink more. Another "asymmetric" latch is shown. Note that after re-latching the baby drinks better than before, and compression is not necessary to get the baby to drink.

Third Latch
Shows baby latching on with "asymmetric" latch. Then later, video shows the baby getting milk. The pause in the chin tells us when the baby is getting milk and the absence of the pause means the baby is not getting milk. The pause can be seen even on the very first day of life, though obviously not as obviously, as the more milk the baby gets, the longer the pause. The pause does not represent swallowing, but rather the baby’s mouth filling up with milk.

Asymmetric-1
This clip shows how, by pushing in the baby’s bottom with her forearm (with help), the mother moves the baby around into a more "asymmetric" latch, gets the baby to drink more (more obvious "pauses" at the point of the chin). The mother’s right hand should be palm up under the baby’s face, rather than on the baby’s shoulder.

Asymmetric-2
This clip shows how, by pushing in the baby’s bottom with her forearm (with help), the mother moves the baby around into a more "asymmetric" latch, gets the baby to drink more (more obvious "pauses" at the point of the chin). The mother’s right hand should be palm up under the baby’s face, rather than on the baby’s shoulder.

Compression
The technique of compression is demonstrated, and it can be seen that the baby drinks more milk as the breast is compressed. The mother starts the compression as the baby sucks, but does not get milk. It is important to work with the baby and compress only when the baby is sucking (moving his/her mouth).

Compression 2
Young babies tend to fall asleep at the breast when the flow of milk slows. This clip shows that as the baby gets more milk, the baby opens up her eyes. The technique of compression is shown.

Lactation Aid
Shows how to use lactation aid. Note that when it is working, the baby shows he is getting more milk because the pause in the chin is more obvious. In the second attempt to use the lactation aid, though the tube seems to be well placed, it is not. The baby was not getting more milk, as there were no pauses in the chin. Fiddling with the tube gets the baby drinking again. The lactation aid does not work well if the baby is poorly latched on and/or the tube is poorly placed, but it can be made to work well with practice.

print this page back


If you value this service, kindly consider a donation to the Canadian Breastfeeding Foundation (registered charity). Earmark the donation for the International Breastfeeding Centre (Newman Breastfeeding Clinic) and/or the Goldfarb Breastfeeding Program.

Donate online: canadahelps.org

Donate by mail: Canadian Breastfeeding Foundation, 5890 Monkland Ave, Suite 16, Montreal, Quebec, Canada H4A 1G2.


© 2002-2017 Dr. Lenore Goldfarb, PhD, CCC, IBCLC, ALC and contributing authors to AskLenore.info. All rights reserved.


Disclaimer: All material provided in asklenore.info is provided for educational purposes only. Consult your physician regarding the advisability of any opinions or recommendations with respect to your individual situation.

top