Breastfeeding a Babe with Recessed Chin???

CordeetMente's picture
Sat, 01/26/2008 - 05:31 -- CordeetMente

My BF is really struggling with breastfeeding her second child. He seems to have a recessed chin. I was hoping some of you may have some tips for her that would help him get a better latch? Or just some words of encouragement I could pass on to her?

Thanks for any help you could offer!

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BeforeDreaming's picture
Submitted by BeforeDreaming on

My little guy has the classic overbite that runs in our family. He had a tricky time learning to latch (and my nipples were a mess for the first two weeks as a result). I spoke with a LC over the phone and she advised two quick fixes that really helped.
The two main things that I had to correct with him (and still do at night when he's not fully awake and trying to latch on) were:

1.)His bottom lip being turned in when he nursed (I just "flip" it out when he latches on).

2.)I would also take my entire areola and with two fingers "bend" it upwards to point way up into the roof of his mouth, getting as much in as possible. This move makes it easier for his lower jaw to thrust forward.

Hope this helps.

guava's picture
Submitted by guava on

And I second the comments about making sure his lower lip is tucked out. I also used a nursing shield in the beginning to teach him how to latch. It's like a little silicone sombrero with holes on top that helps him get the nipple in his mouth. (I also have flat nipples).

One thing for her to watch out about - if she does use the shield, try to get him to latch without it as soon as possible. My LC said that without direct mouth-on-nipple contact it could affect your supply - and it definitely did with me. We used the shield for 1-1/2 to 2 months, when we were trying to get a good start with nursing.

CordeetMente's picture
Submitted by CordeetMente on

I really appreciate the help & advice to offer my friend. She has decided to pump exclusively and they seem to have found a better rythym and balance for them. But I really do appreciate the help. Thanks again!

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"I have no country. As a woman, I want no country. As a woman my country is the whole world." - Virginia Woolf

"If men could get pregnant, abortion would be a sacrament." - Rose F. Kennedy