Breastfeeding may be one of the most natural things in the world, but for many first-time mums (and some babies), it can require some practice. What’s the most comfortable position? How do you adjust her or your position safely? Here are some tips and techniques to get you started on the right path.
The laid-back way
For many mums and babies, this is the most natural position to breastfeed. Get into a semi-reclining position and place your baby tummy-down on your chest. Once she is in this position, she will instinctively seek out the nipple and begin to breastfeed on her own.
The cradle hold
This is the most recognised breastfeeding position and is usually suited for babies aged 3 months and beyond. Cradle your baby on your right arm if she’s feeding on your right breast and vice versa. Remember to support her neck as she feeds and use a nursing pillow if you need to prop her or your arms up further.
The side lie
Lie on your side with your arm supporting your head. Place your baby on the side with her mouth close to your breast. With your other hand, support your breast towards her mouth. Tuck a rolled-up towel at her back to prevent from rolling away. Although this is one of the more challenging positions, the side lie is an ideal option for when you need the extra rest as you can take a snooze whilst breastfeeding your baby.
Whatever position proves most comfortable for you and your baby, remember to relax and enjoy the moment. After all, it will only be for a short period of time and you’ll miss the experience soon enough!