How a Simple Candy Dispenser Can Help Teach a Wide, Deep Latch

A shallow latch is more often than not the cause of sore nipples and nipple damage. The importance of a wide, deep latch (mouth open at a 160 degree angle) and chin touching breast first is an important concept to portray to breastfeeding families (and those intending to breastfeed). I am always on the hunt for new and innovative ways to describe this image, particularly when I am trying to troubleshoot over the telephone or working with a mother who speaks English as a Second Language.

Fortunately, Angela Love-Zaranka, BA, IBCLC, RLC, in her “latching and positioning” pez 3lecture for the Baby Friendly Hospital Initiative (BFHI) Nurse, Physician and Staff Training offered by Lactation Education Resources (LER), has provided yet another fantastic tool I can add to my repertoire. It’s simple, brilliant and cheap (and chances are, if you have a little kid at home, it’s free). What is this magic tool you say? It’s a Pez Candy Dispenser. Yes, you read that right!

Angela explains, the “baby’s head looks like a Pez Dispenser coming to the breast helps parents understand the concept of bringing baby’s chin to breast first.” Thanks Angela! Now the fun and most difficult part – picking out which Pez Dispenser you want to use for demonstrations.800px-Hello_Kitty_PEZ_dispenser_open_II

Do you have a nifty trick that makes your life as a lactation specialist (or one aspiring to be) easier? Well, please don’t be shy! Please share it with Galactablog and we’ll share it with all of our loyal followers. Of course, we promise you full credit for your brilliancy. Contact us here or at galactablog{at}gmail{dot}com.

 

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