A “click” indicates that your baby is breaking the seal on the breast. This causes your nipple to slip in your baby's mouth and often creates a sore nipple. If you are hearing clicking, try improving the latch by bringing your baby's chin deeply onto your breast.
A clicking (or clucking or chucking) sound during nursing indicates that baby is repeatedly breaking the seal or suction. Try to notice when it occurs in the feeding.
Sometimes the clicking noise is prominent, but it may be hard to distinguish from a normal sucking or smacking noise. The clicking sound occurs because your baby is breaking the tight seal around your breast that they create with their lips. The sound of air and the breaking of the suction causes a noise.
Common Reasons for Clicking
It may be a sign of a slightly shallow latch, which may cause baby to slip as she attempts to keep the nipple in her mouth. If clicking does not occur consistently, notice if it happens more often in one feeding position than another.
With your baby's head tilted back and chin up, lift him or her to touch your nipple. The nipple should rest just above the baby's upper lip. Wait for your baby to open very wide, then "scoop" the breast by placing the lower jaw on first. Now tip your baby's head forward and place the upper jaw well behind your nipple.
Signs of a Poor Breastfeeding Latch
Your child is sucking in their cheeks as they try to breastfeed. Your baby does not have their lips out like a fish. You can see that they have their lips tucked in and under, instead. You can hear a clicking or smacking noises as your little one tries to suck.
A tell-tale sign of a baby with tongue tie is a clicking sound when feeding, but this can also be a sign that you need support with the positioning and attachment of the baby at your breast, so just check to make sure.
Listen for a “ca” sound. You will hear this more easily when your milk increases. Sometimes you may hear your baby gulping, especially if you have lots of milk. Clicking or smacking sounds may mean that your baby is not latched correctly.
Without a proper latch, your baby will not get the milk she needs and your breasts won't be stimulated to produce more, initiating a vicious cycle of poor milk demand and poor milk supply. What's more, your breastfeeding nipples may become cracked and feel mighty painful when the latch isn't right.
How Long Does Nursing Take? Newborns may nurse for up to 20 minutes or longer on one or both breasts. As babies get older and more skilled at breastfeeding, they may take about 5–10 minutes on each side.
Baby wants a faster milk flow
Even very young babies can be quick to notice that pulling off, kneading the breast, etc. can cause an additional let-down, and can facilitate a faster, easier milk flow. Some babies become impatient with the slower milk flow following the initial fast flow at let-down.
With a shallow latch, your baby's chin and mouth are closed tighter than if her mouth and jaw were wide open. To help her develop a deep latch, pull her chin down to encourage her to open her mouth. Slip your finger between her chin and your breast and gently pull her chin down.
A newborn should be put to the breast at least every 2 to 3 hours and nurse for 10 to 15 minutes on each side. A 20- to 30-minute feeding helps to ensure that the baby is getting enough breast milk. It is also enough time to stimulate your body to build up your milk supply.
If your baby did not finish the bottle, the leftover breast milk can still be used within 2 hours after the baby is finished feeding. After 2 hours, leftover breast milk should be thrown away. To avoid wasting unfed milk, consider storing, thawing, and warming milk in smaller amounts.
While achieving a good latch is an important step to pain-free breastfeeding, even mothers of babies with a good latch can find breastfeeding painful at first.
Signs and symptoms of tongue-tie include: Difficulty lifting the tongue to the upper teeth or moving the tongue from side to side. Trouble sticking out the tongue past the lower front teeth. A tongue that appears notched or heart shaped when stuck out.
Pushing the Tongue Down and Out
Put a clean nail-side down index finger (with trimmed fingernail) into the baby's mouth with fingernail side pressing gently on the baby's tongue. Leave the finger in that position for about thirty seconds while the baby sucks on it.
“Initial problems with not latching may be caused by medications given to the mother in labour, by suctioning at birth, by forcing the baby to the breast, or by holding the baby's head for latching.” It may also indicate that the baby has some health problems that need investigation.
Hafken says some telltale signs of a shallow latch include a feeling of pinching in the nipple during feeding, a crack or scab in the shape of a line across your nipple, or your nipple looking flattened, pinched, or lipstick-shaped after a feeding. But don't feel like you have to nurse through the pain.
Use the “flipple” technique to get as much of your breast tissue into your baby's mouth as possible. Point your nipple very high towards their nose, try to get as much of the bottom part of your areola into your baby's mouth and use your finger to flip their top lip up after they have latched on.
A shallow latch occurs when your baby doesn't take a large enough mouthful of breast tissue into its mouth when latching. As a result your nipple is too far forward in your baby's mouth, it can rub on their hard palate, which can cause pain and damage when feeding.