Although breastfeeding is a natural action, it's also a learned behavior for both you and your baby. While it's true that some newborns and their moms "click" right from the start, it often takes a few days to get a good, deep latch where your baby is breastfeeding effectively and you're not feeling any pain.
But what if your baby isn't latching at all? This is more common than you'd think, so don't worry if it happens. The problem can be caused by many factors, including your baby's mouth, your baby's suck, or your nipples. Only in rare cases are nipples the cause, and that's if they're flat or inverted. Most nipples will "come out" with some pumping or practice with the baby at the breast.
Try not to get frustrated if your baby doesn't latch on right away. By following this Care Plan, you should be breastfeeding well in as little as a few days or at most in a few weeks.
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Source: Heather Kelly is an International Board Certified Lactation Consultant (IBCLC)