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J Midwifery Womens Health. 2007 Nov-Dec;52(6):638-42.

Latching-on and suckling of the healthy term neonate: breastfeeding assessment.

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Healthy Children Project and the Union Institute and University, East Sandwich, MA 02537, USA. karin@healthychildren.cc

Abstract

Increasing breastfeeding duration and exclusivity is an acknowledged public health priority. Breastfeeding problems, especially with the healthy term neonate latching-on or feeding with a suboptimal latch, are common reasons for early breastfeeding termination when they result in inadequate breastfeeding, poor milk transfer, and sore nipples. This article describes clinical strategies for systematic latch-on and suckling assessment with the goal of improving the skills of clinicians who provide care for breastfeeding women.

PMID:
17984002
DOI:
10.1016/j.jmwh.2007.08.004
[Indexed for MEDLINE]

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