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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In this study, the LATCH score of obese mothers was measured as 7.01[+ or -]2.00, where the score mean of non-obese mothers was 8.42[+ or -]1.51, and the difference between them was statistically significant (t=-3.99, p<0.001).
The LATCH score, the PPCQ total score, and the subscales score of obese and non-obese mothers are presented in Table 3.
PPCQ score regarding mother's LATCH score PPCQ total Obese Non-obese and subscales LATCH (7.01[+ or -]2.00) LATCH (8.42[+ or -]1.51) Physical 35.7 (8.3) 51.2 (6.1) r r=0.486 r=0.304 p p=0.000 p=0.032 Psycho-spiritual 41.7 (4.8) 46.0 (4.0 ) r r=0.381 r=0.163 p p=0.004 p=0.259 Sociocultural 27.2 (5.8) 30.5 (4.6) r r=0.333 r=-0.069 p p=0.014 p=0.633 PPCQ total 104.7 (14.8) 127.8 (11.1) r r=0.530 r=0.199 p p=0.000 p=0.166 PPCQ: Postpartum Comfort Questionnaire
The Latch Score is a very useful tool but it cannot be the only criterion for breastfeeding success (Tornese et al., 2012).
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.
A single-blinded, RCT of early frenotomy in 107 younger infants with breastfeeding difficulties and mild to moderate ankyloglossia also found no improvement in LATCH scores. (5) Researchers randomized infants younger than 2 weeks (blinded to researchers and unblinded to mothers) to either immediate frenotomy or standard care.