There are 4 popular breastfeeding positions which can be adopted. Some are more favorable for the mother than others.
1) CRADLE HOLD - this is frequently used, and the baby lies on the mother's lap and the baby's head is held in the crook of the arm. It is a natural 'cuddling position'. This position may be unsuitable initially for a mother who had a caesarian section, as the weight of the baby will be resting on the scar. It is important to remember that the baby should be facing the mother with its ear, shoulder, and hip lying in a straight line. It is often helpful to tuck the baby's lower arm under the mothers. For a baby that has difficulty 'latching on', it may be harder at first in this position to guide the nipple in to the mouth.
2) TRANSITION / CROSS-CRADLE HOLD - This is a good position to use in the early days when the mother and baby are learning, as it means you can hold the baby's head with more control and guide the nipple easier for latching on. It is a reverse cradle position as the baby is laying in the opposite direction. If the baby is feeding from the left breast, then the baby is placed on the lap and held with its head in the mothers right hand.
3) CLUTCH / FOOTBALL HOLD. This is a brilliant hold if nursing twins; the mother has large breasts or post caesarian section. The baby is tucked under the arm with its feet to the back and its nose facing the nipple. The baby's head is held in the mothers hand with the neck, shoulders and back being supported by her forearm. Her arm is best rested on a pillow. The breast is held with the other hand to navigate the nipple in to the mouth. I have often recommended that mothers alternate from cradle position to this one as it helps to prevent sore nipples. If the baby sucks in different positions on the breast it can also help when nipples are sensitive, sore or cracked.
4) LAYING DOWN. This position is ideal if the mother has had a caesarian section, has difficulty sitting down after birth, or needs to rest in bed. The mother lies on her side (with pillows supporting her back) and the baby lays on its side with its nose level with the breast. This position can be restful for mother and baby and can be adopted for night feeds.
The success of any of these positions is having patience and time to master the techniques in a relaxed and comfortable place. My goal is to give you access to excellent, comprehensive information and advice through these resources, to make breastfeeding a relaxed and pleasurable experience for you and your baby.
In correct breastfeeding positions, you should make sure that your baby is able to breathe properly. If your baby gulps too much air instead of milk, then this will create gas inside your baby's digestive system and this can cause indigestion as well as discomfort to your baby. Learn about breastfeeding when you are breastfeeding positions. Make sure that you read more at breastfeeding pillow so that your baby can become healthier as a result of breastfeeding.
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