For long term success of breastfeeding, comfort of new mums is one of the most important things.
The best places for feeding are a bed, a sofa or an easy chair. Make sure you have some water, healthy snacks, tissues, a watch and your phone nearby. You can have something to read as breastfeeding sessions can be long and the baby sleeps off while suckling. You may need a few pillows to position yourself comfortably and support the baby, and a small stool to rest your feet on.
Try different breastfeeding positions and choose the most convenient one or alternate between positions:
Place the baby in the crook of your elbow. Hold the baby „tummy to tummy” giving as much bonding through skin contact. Your baby’s ear, shoulder, and hip should be aligned. Support the baby’s back with your forearm and his bottom with your second hand. Support yourself with pillows.
Recommended: in all situations. This is most followed position by mothers.
Cross cradle hold only differs from cradle hold in mum’s hand position. The baby is held by the hand opposite to the breast from which you are feeding. If you feed from the right breast, keep the baby’s head with your left hand. You can rest your right hand with this hold. If you are feeding in this position hold the baby high enough to the breast level, supported by your hand and pillows as well. You can use a special breastfeeding support pillow or a standard pillow.
Recommended: especially good as first position while learning to breastfeed. In this position it is easy to guide your baby to the breast and stabilize the baby's head. It is especially recommended for premature infants and children with low muscle tone.
Support the infant with the help of pillows, with his face in front of your breast, while holding rest of his body up on your side so that the little ones legs are under your armpit. Hold baby’s head with your hand and stabilize his trunk with your forearm. Keep the head and shoulders in alignment.
Recommended: This position is especially recommended after C-section as the baby does not touch mum’s belly. This position also helps emptying side part of the breast during high milk supply or stasis and for women with large breasts or sore nipples. This position is ideal for simultaneous feeding of twins.
Position yourself on your side, leaning the back, shoulders and head on the pillows. You can put a pillow between your knees for more comfort. Place the baby in front of you with his face opposite your breast and huddled tummy to tummy. At the beginning, when the baby is small, put him on your forearm with his head in the crook of the elbow or on a pillow. When the baby is older, place him at on a sofa. His legs should be slightly bent.
Recommended: right after child- birth (following episiotomy and cesarean section). Recommended for night feeding, especially when you take your little one to your bed and during the day when you want to relax.
Lie on your back and support your head with pillows. Bend your knees slightly. Put your baby along or across your belly and hold his bottom with your hand. The baby’s head should be over your breast.
Recommended: when the let down is too rapid, the baby can not keep up with swallowing and is choking. In this position milk let down is slower, because it must overcome gravity. This position is also valued by women after C- section as the baby lying across the belly has no contact with the postoperative wound.
THE BLOG HAS BEEN PREPARED WITH THE HELP OF LOVI LACTATION EXPERTS. Learn More: Lovi Feeding School
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