Latching-On and Suckling of the Healthy Term Neonate: Breastfeeding Assessment

Authors

  • Karin Cadwell RN, PhD, IBCLC

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    • 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.


Healthy Children Project, 327 Quaker Meeting House Road, East Sandwich, MA 02537. E-mail: 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.

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