I STRONGLY feel that this is a subject that should be taught at schools. Think about it- we learn everything from sex education to osmosis in biology but one of the key bits about raising your child... how to feed it, is missing? In one study 76% of secondary school students agreed breastfeeding information should be part of the main curriculum. 88% thought it should be part of the child development module, 78% part of sex education, and 62% part of home economics.
When it came to breastfeeding Rose I was utterly bewildered. The first time it came to it, about an hour after her birth I tentatively raised her to my breast and blindly hoped for the best. In my mind she would naturally just latch on, suck and all would be well- in actual fact she was rubbish and had NO idea what she was doing either. So we had 5 weeks of pain, I had chaffed nipples- I put her on, pulled her off and eventually always just gave in, gritted
my teeth and put up with the bad latch (I had no idea if it was good or bad, I just went with it). The best advice I was given was by my community midwife when I asked her to check as it REALLY hurt, who leant over, glanced briefly at me and said 'Yep, you're fine, you just need to toughen up' (I assume she meant the skin on my nipples...).
I bet if I looked back through my google history it would be filled with all sorts of latching questions, so I'm here, sharing a video of Kit breastfeeding so that if anyone questions their own latches then hopefully they can compare and see.
Just remember- flanged lips, tongue over lower gum and chin against breast.