Karin Cadwell, RN, PhD, FAAN, IBCLC, is a faculty member of the Healthy Children Project and the Union Institute and University. She is the convener of Baby-Friendly USA, implementing the WHO/UNICEF Baby-Friendly Hospital Initiative in the United States.
Latching-On and Suckling of the Healthy Term Neonate: Breastfeeding Assessment
Article first published online: 24 DEC 2010
2007 American College of Nurse Midwives
Journal of Midwifery & Womens Health
Volume 52, Issue 6, pages 638–642, November-December 2007
How to Cite
Cadwell, K. (2007), Latching-On and Suckling of the Healthy Term Neonate: Breastfeeding Assessment. Journal of Midwifery & Womens Health, 52: 638–642. doi: 10.1016/j.jmwh.2007.08.004
- Issue published online: 24 DEC 2010
- Article first published online: 24 DEC 2010
- nursing assessment;
- sucking behavior
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.