Five positions to try to make breastfeeding easier

Five positions to try to make breastfeeding easier. Breastfeeding can be a challenge for mothers but by being patient and persistent you can find a position that works for both you and the baby.

Breastfeeding can be a challenge for mothers, whether it is your first, second or even third child. Even though it is a natural way to feed your baby, breastfeeding doesn’t always come naturally, and many people can struggle. 

However, there is no right or wrong way to breastfeed, and by being patient and persistent you will find a technique that suits you and your baby. Here are five positions you can try that can make breastfeeding easier:

Cradle hold 

This cradle hold position supports your baby with the arm on the same side as the breast the baby is feeding from, rather than the opposite side, like the cross-cradle hold described below. Very popular during the first few weeks of nursing, the position is found to be very comfortable, though a pillow will help too, as it can help lift the baby and support your arms during a twenty-minute feed. 

Cross-cradle hold 

Similar to the cradle hold, the cross-cradle means you are holding the baby with the opposite arm to the breast the child is feeding from. Most mothers prefer this position as you are able to see what the baby is doing, and whether he is latching on. To use the position well, the baby is pressed tummy to tummy, while your hand supports their neck. A pillow is helpful for this position too, to make your position more comfortable. 

Rugby ball hold 

Sometimes called a clutch hold, this position is often the first position nursing mothers will learn. The rugby ball hold tucks the baby under your arm to the side, like you would hold a rugby ball, and you can support and direct your breast with the other arm. This position is popular with C-section mothers, as the baby doesn’t put pressure on the incision. Again, a pillow will help provide more comfort to this position. 

Side lying hold 

Another good position for mothers who have had a C-section is the side lying hold. For this position, you lie down on your side with the baby facing you, and the baby will feed on the breast that is resting on the bed. Putting a pillow or rolled up towel will help provide support at the baby’s back. If the baby doesn’t always latch on when lying down, start the position sitting up when the baby can latch on, then lie down slowly so the baby will get used to it. 

Lying down hold 

The lying down position is popular with both mothers and babies, as it is both relaxing and natural. For this position, you lie back to about 45 degrees on your bed or sofa and your baby lies face down on the top of your breast, with their body lying diagonally across your stomach, so they are properly comfortable for the whole feed.

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If you breastfeed your little one or have done in the past what is your favourite position?

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