LATCH score

LATCH score

An assessment tool to evaluate the effectiveness of early breast-feeding. A numerical score of 0, 1, or 2 is assigned to the five letters of the acronym: Latching of infant onto the breast, Amount of audible swallowing, Type of nipple, Comfort of mother, Help needed by mother to hold baby to breast. Lower scores (< 5) can indicate the need for assistance for better success at breast-feeding.
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The Latch Score is a very useful tool but it cannot be the only criterion for breastfeeding success (Tornese et al.
Does the LATCH Score Assessed in the First 24 Hours After Delivery Predict Non-Exclusive Breastfeeding at Hospital Discharge?
4) Investigators randomized infants to frenotomy or sham frenotomy and used independent observers to measure outcomes with the LATCH score and the Infant Breastfeeding Assessment Tool (IBFAT), a standardized method of assessing overall feeding.
They measured LATCH scores at baseline and after 5 days (by intention to treat).