The Importance of Face to Breast Symmetry when breastfeeding

Updated: Jun 22, 2019

If you find that your baby is slipping (or detaching) from your breast, it's most likely due to her not being able to adequately vacuum your breast while feeding.


It's important to observe your baby being symmetrical at your breast at all times, to give her the best possible chance of drawing your nipple and breast tissue to fill the unique shape of her oral cavity.


Being symmetrical means being 'snug' at your breast with the nose and chin touching your breast along with both cheeks.




Face to Breast Symmetry is essential in preventing painful nipple trauma and for reducing pain when breastfeeding over existing nipple trauma.

The four (4) facial points to observe are the nose, chin and both cheeks. These points are important to symmetrical face to breast contact. Observing face to breast symmetry improves the potential of baby to draw the nipple and adequate soft pliable breast tissue along the upper surface of the tongue.

The nipple is drawn back to the distance of the soft palatal cleft and the remaining breast tissue forms the unique shape in the roof of the baby's mouth.

If asymmetrical face to breast contact is observed, some fine tuning may be required.


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