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The "flipple" technique (aka "extended latch" or "exaggerated latch")

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Uploaded on Feb 2, 2012

Reading about latch techniques is always confusing without the visual, I've noticed a distinct lack of visual aid and now I know why. Babies don't like you explaining things when they're hungry and want nothing more than to nurse. So pardon the cranky teething baby, he doesn't appreciate my drawing out of a procedure that normally takes about two seconds (note: 2 seconds after 7 months of practice, it does take some time to figure out). The placement of the top finger/thumb is important, too far forward and you end up pulling your nipple back out when you flip the lip, too far back and your finger isn't in a position to flip the top lip out. If your baby flips their top lip out on their own then you really don't need to worry about this, but if your baby likes to tuck that lip under (or if they're lip-tied like my son for instance) then you really do need to flip that lip out because it can become painful if you don't. Finding where that top finger needs to be is what takes the most time, it's different for everyone because every breast is different. Don't be discouraged if it feels awkward or you just can't get it, it takes practice and the bigger their mouth gets, the easier it is to do. The action used to roll your nipple into the baby's mouth will generally flip the bottom lip out, if not you can use a finger from the bottom of your breast to catch that lip before you attempt to latch and flip it out as you roll your nipple into their mouth just like you do with the top lip.

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