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Dr. Jack Newman's Videos

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First Latch

How to achieve the "asymmetrical" latch. Shows some drinking by the baby (see Third Latch for more obvious drinking), some nibbling.

Second latch, some compression

Baby is mostly nibbling at the breast. Compression is being used to get the baby to drink more. Another "asymmetric" latch is shown. Note that after re-latching the baby drinks better than before, and compression is not necessary to get the baby to drink.

Third latch

Shows baby latching on with "asymmetric" latch. Then later, video shows the baby getting milk. The pause in the chin tells us when the baby is getting milk and the absence of the pause means the baby is not getting milk. The pause can be seen even on the very first day of life, though obviously not as obviously, as the more milk the baby gets, the longer the pause. The pause does not represent swallowing, but rather the baby's mouth filling up with milk.


The technique of compression is demonstrated, and it can be seen that the baby drinks more milk as the breast is compressed. The mother starts the compression as the baby sucks, but does not get milk. It is important to work with the baby and compress only when the baby is sucking (moving his/her mouth).

Compression, nibbles, open eyes

Young babies tend to fall asleep at the breast when the flow of milk slows. This clip shows that as the baby gets more milk, the baby opens up her eyes. The technique of compression is shown.

Shift to asymmetric-1

This clip shows how, by pushing in the baby's bottom with her forearm (with help), the mother moves the baby around into a more "asymmetric" latch, gets the baby to drink more (more obvious "pauses" at the point of the chin). The mother's right hand should be palm up under the baby's face, rather than on the baby's shoulder.

Shift to asymmetric-2

The mother shifts the baby around on her own, at about 30 seconds and 38 seconds into the clip, with the baby obviously starting to drink more once she is positioned more asymmetrically.

Lactation aid

Shows how to use lactation aid. Note that when it is working, the baby shows he is getting more milk because the pause in the chin is more obvious. In the second attempt to use the lactation aid, though the tube seems to be well placed, it is not. The baby was not getting more milk, as there were no pauses in the chin. Fiddling with the tube gets the baby drinking again. The lactation aid does not work well if the baby is poorly latched on and/or the tube is poorly placed, but it can be made to work well with practice.