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AV Aids – Breastfeeding Videos

Here are a collection of helpful videos to use in class or 1:1. Note: I always download any videos I want to use in class, because I don’t trust that the internet connection will always be perfect at the moment I want to use it. To learn how, read “Incorporating Video into PowerPoint.”

For each video, I captured a still image to help give you a sense of what it looks like. In each section, they are in order from clips I think would be most helpful for educators to least. FYI, I have also created a PowerPoint curriculum for a breastfeeding class which includes recommendations for which videos to link to and what clips to use.

Laid-Back Position, Baby-Led Latch

baby latched on

Baby-led attachment (laid back position) : 7:39 video overview from Australia. You might use just the segment from 2:30 – 4:20 that shows the process. https://raisingchildren.net.au/newborns/breastfeeding-bottle-feeding/how-to-breastfeed/attachment-techniques Also at https://vimeo.com/273450509

baby resting on parents chest laid back position

Laid-Back Breastfeeding – 2:38. starts with 30 second still image of laidback position: https://www.biologicalnurturing.com/sample-of-biological-nurturing/ also at https://vimeo.com/210224351

twins latched on

A 53 second video showing baby-led latch in laidback, from Australia. Includes b brief image of nursing twins. https://www.breastfeeding.asn.au/resources/baby-led-attachment

newborn baby about to latch

A 21 second video that shows breast crawl – baby-led attachment in a laidback position (resolution not great…) https://thenaturalparentmagazine.com/baby-led-latching/2/


effective latch

How to check if baby is latched well. 1:44 from the UK. I would use :20 – 1:20 clip. http://www.nhs.uk/conditions/pregnancy-and-baby/pages/breastfeeding-positioning-attachment.aspx#close Also at https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hKVxVfCGHqw

Attaching Your Baby at the Breast – from Global Health Media. Nice hunger cues at 3:09 – 3:40 (great lanugo too). Nice latch at 5:17 – 5:47 though I wish she laid-back instead of being so upright. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wjt-Ashodw8

animation of an effective latch

Animation of an effective latch: https://www.nhs.uk/start4life/baby/feeding-your-baby/breastfeeding/how-to-breastfeed/latching-on. A similar (but different narration) video is at https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jyOt9aB6sOo

effective latch

Jack Newman’s International Breastfeeding Centre site has several helpful videos, including “Baby 28 hours old assisted latching.” The video resolution isn’t great on that one, but really nice view of suckling in action. “Good Drinking” is also quite good. https://ibconline.ca/breastfeeding-videos-english/

baby latched on

No narration – just a view of a nice latch and good suckling: https://possumsonline.com/video/baby-transfers-milk-beautifully

Additional Positions for Breastfeeding

parent nursing in the football hold position

Several positions: 9:26 From Global Health Media – shows diverse parents in developing countries. https://globalhealthmedia.org/videos/positions-for-breastfeeding/. Also at https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RiEa0NrpSek

Hand Expression

hand expression

This full video is 7:33, but I would use just the 2:09 – 4:15 section of it. With massage, I would emphasize this is gentle, not firm massage – firm massage can cause inflammation. (I’ve heard it described as “gentle… like petting a cat.”) https://med.stanford.edu/newborns/professional-education/breastfeeding/hand-expressing-milk.html or at https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=613yqVEtu3I

teaching hand expression

Hand expression from Unicef UK. Shows specifically how to teach expression using a breast model. https://www.unicef.org.uk/babyfriendly/baby-friendly-resources/breastfeeding-resources/hand-expression-video/. Also at https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=K0zVCwdJZw0.

hand expression

“Basics of Breast Massage and Hand Expression”. I would use 1:03 – 2:48. Note: she has her hand right at the nipple vs. the inch or so back from the areola shown in the video above. http://bfmedneo.com/our-services/breast-massage/


If you don’t teach breastfeeding during your class, but want to share a link with students to get that info on their own, these are all good comprehensive resources. There are also good clips from each I could use in a class.

baby during breast crawl

Breastfeeding in the First Hour: An 11:49 overview of getting breastfeeding off to a great start. https://med.stanford.edu/newborns/professional-education/breastfeeding/breastfeeding-in-the-first-hour.html

lactation consultant teaching breastfeeding

First Droplets has a 15 minute overview of Breastfeeding in the First Hour. https://firstdroplets.com/?fbclid=IwAR1ptT-uUB6DpkA21C8Io8Ht-WvFvkKlZHlcMTv6NHpCE33qyfmjucaT1uI (or https://vimeo.com/348861789) They also have great short videos on specific topics like latch: https://firstdroplets.com/downloads/

Nancy Morhbacher has a 30 minute long video on Natural Breastfeeding (laid-back, baby-led latch). https://www.naturalbreastfeeding.com/ Also available in Spanish.

Paced Bottle Feeding

This method can be used by anyone who bottle feeds. It is especially helpful for breastfeeding parents to help avoid “nipple confusion” which may be primarily “milk flow preference” – where if babies get used to a really fast bottle feed they may be reluctant to return to slow breast milk flow. This process slows it down to mimic breastfeeding.

baby sucking on bottle that is held almost horizontal

You could just use the clip from :29 – 1:49. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OGPm5SpLxXY

parent holding baby with bottle held almost horizontal

And in this one, I would use 1:43 – 3:03. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TuZXD1hIW8Q.

More Resources

For Parents: In my podcast, there is an overview on how to breastfeed your baby. At that link, you can listen to it, or read the transcript.

For Professionals: A lot has changed in lactation advice over the past ten years. Find a lactation update here.