Here is a beautiful example of a football hold latch. This baby is just 5 days old, but he knows exactly what to do! (Yes his skin is a little yellow, but he’s vigorous, gaining well and his pediatrician is not concerned.)
How do we know this latch is perfect?
His nose is tilted away from mom’s breast.
His chin is tucked in firmly to the underside of the breast.
Baby’s top lip barely covers mom’s nipple. Baby’s mouth is assymetrical in relation to mom’s areola. The areola is clearly visible above the top lip but the lower part is covered by baby’s mouth. (Note: The appearance of the latch will differ slightly with each mom due to anatomical variations.)
Baby’s mouth is open wide. The corners of his lips are not touching.
Most importantly, baby is drinking and mother is comfortable! And now you can watch and listen to a baby in action.