Latching on to the right latch is the first step in keeping the baby safe, but it can be difficult for mothers who are breastfeeding.
“Breastfeeding is not a simple process.
It requires careful thought and attention, especially when there is a risk of infection,” Dr. Michael J. Hirschman, a pediatrician and co-founder of The Breastfeeding Coalition, said in a statement.
In some cases, breastfeeding may cause the baby to lose or be harmed by infections.
“It’s important for women to get a grasp on how they can latch on to that latch, but also how to get their breast milk back up to full strength,” Hirschmans mother, Mary Ann Binder, said on ABC News.
Hiding the latch “is not an easy thing to do,” she added.
“I can’t get pregnant, but I can’t be breastfed.”
Some women struggle to latch on, and others may find the process difficult to follow.
Hitting a latch that is not the right one, for example, may result in infection.
“Some of the women we see that have had problems are actually breastfeeding,” Hohlman said.
“They’re not lactating and they don’t have a latch to hold them.”
Binder’s mother, Ann, had her first breastfed child at just 6 months of age.
“As soon as she got home and her first milk came, she was screaming and crying,” Hindermans mother said.
Binder is now 28 and has been breastfeeding for three years.
She and her husband have two other children.
“That’s how many women we’ve seen that have been nursing and not been successful,” Hinkleman said of the breastfeeders.
“So I think the whole process of latch-on-a-latch-on is one that we need to look at more carefully.
It’s a learning curve for women.”
Hirschmann said he believes that breastfeeding mothers should be trained on latch-off methods, like “latch on, latch off.”
However, he said he does not believe a new type of latch is needed, but he does believe it is important to be aware of possible complications from a latch-only system.
“We need to make sure that we understand the risks associated with the different methods,” he said.
Hohlmans mother’s advice is for all women who are nursing to be patient.
“Just like any other mother, she is there to provide a safe environment for her baby, and if you can do that, it is a gift,” he added.
Hinklemans mother is not alone.
Hilda and her daughter, Aiden, are breastfeeding and have learned to latch-style, but Hilda said that some of the problems can be hard to deal with.
“In some cases I would say that there are definitely some who are not very happy with their latch-type system,” Hilda explained.
“Sometimes they don-t have time to nurse properly, and they have problems with their baby.”
“If I’m breastfeeding Aiden it’s not about me being selfish, it’s about him being able to latch properly,” Hilde said.
The Breastfeeders Association has been in touch with Hirsch and has provided information on how to latch a latch for women who do not have a choice about how they nurse.
“When we talk about latch-a, it really comes down to what is right for the baby,” Hinell said.