Feeding the Baby with a Difficult Latch
This three-page handout provides a feeding plan for infants born at 38 weeks gestation or greater who are having difficulty latching at the breast. It discusses approaches the mother can take to feeding their infant, expressing colostrum to supplement their infant, knowing when to offer additional formula supplements, and using an electric piston style breast pump to establish a plentiful milk supply. The document includes a chart containing guidelines to help mothers determine the recommended volume of any supplemental feeding.
Translations are performed by Interpreter Services at Michigan Medicine, who utilize trained medical interpreters. Materials are reviewed for plain language by Patient Education and Health Literacy Program (PEHL).