Most new moms do not believe that breastfeeding comes naturally and they will be put to the test in those first few days and weeks. If you are a new mother then relax, feeding your baby is something that you will soon master. In time, you and your baby will both fall into a rhythm. Even though breastfeeding can be awkward at first, you should experiment with different positions until you feel comfortable.
The following are some of the most popular breastfeeding positions.
- The Cross Cradle
position works best for early breastfeeding. Here, you will have to sit up straight in a comfortable chair that has armrests. Bring the baby across your body’s front such that you are touching tummy to tummy. Hold the baby in the arm’s crook opposite the breast you are feeding from – right arm for left breast and left arm for right breast. Using your other hand, support your breast from below in a U-shaped hold. Guide the mouth of your baby to the breast. Avoid leaning forward or bending over. Rather, cradle the baby close to the breast.
Most mothers like the position since they feel that it is nurturing and instinctual. They like how most of their body touches the baby when nursing.
- The Cradle Hold
This position is similar to the cross cradle but here you support your baby using the arm on the same side as the nursing breast as opposed to the opposite one. As with the cross cradle, sit up straight on a comfortable chair with armrests. In your arm, cradle the baby with the head resting in the crook of your elbow while the baby faces your breast. Put a pillow on your lap for additional support.
The position is ideal for older babies that can easily latch. It is however good to note that it can be a bit harder to control the head of your baby when nursing in this position.
- The Side-Lying Hold
The side-lying hold is a good position when you feel tired but able to remain awake. However, it is always important to ensure that you return the baby to his or her own bed to sleep.
When lying on your side, let the baby face towards your breast and support him or her using one hand. Using the other hand, grasp the breast and touch the nipple to the lips of the baby. After the baby latches on, support your own head using one arm and use the other one to help in supporting the baby and bringing him or her close.
This position is quite popular during the initial feeds and at night. However, it is advisable that before you try out this position you ensure that your baby can latch first.
- The Football Hold
The football hold is a great position for those new mothers that are recovering from a C-Section or for those that have large breasts.
With your elbow bent, hold your baby beside you. Using your open hand, support the head of the baby and face him or her towards the breast. The back of your baby will rest on your forearm. Supporting your breast in a C-shaped hold using your other hand might help to support your breast. Place a pillow on your lap for additional comfort and use a chair that has low, broad arms.
The position is great for beginners and as previously stated for those recovering from cesarean sections.
- The Football Hold For Twins
In case you have twins, you may opt to breastfeed them separately. This is quite helpful when first starting to breastfeed. However, if later you would like to breastfeed them simultaneously you can try the football hold with one baby in each arm.
With your elbows bent, hold each baby on one side. The backs of the babies will rest on the forearms. Place pillows on your lap for additional comfort and use a chair with low, broad arms.
In conclusion, this article has looked at the five most popular positions for breastfeeding. If you are a new mom then using the information in this article, you have a clue about how to go about breastfeeding.