November 17, 2017
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Breastfeeding, one of the most natural acts in the world, takes practice. Learning how to hold and support your baby in a comfortable position for you calls for coordination and patience. Yet finding a nursing hold that works for you and your infant is well worth the effort. After all, the two of you will spend hours breastfeeding every day. Here are some of the best breastfeeding positions to try, plus tips to make nursing go smoothly.
These steps may need to be repeated frequently during the early weeks. You and your baby will find a technique that works for you after some practice.
Position your baby so his or her head rests in the bend of your elbow of the arm on the side you’ll be breastfeeding, with the hand on that side supporting the rest of the body. Cup your breast with your other hand, placing your thumb above your nipple and areola at the spot where your baby’s nose will touch your breast. Your index finger should be at the spot where your baby’s chin will make contact with the breast. Lightly compress your breast so that the nipple points slightly toward your baby’s nose. Baby’s now ready to latch.
Hold your baby’s head with the hand opposite to the breast you’ll be nursing from (i.e. if nursing from the right breast, hold the head with your left hand). Rest your wrist between your baby’s shoulder blades, your thumb behind one ear, your other fingers behind the other ear. Using your free hand, cup your breast as you would for the cradle hold.
Also known as the clutch hold, this position is especially useful if you have:
Position your baby at your side, facing you, with baby’s legs are tucked under your arm (yes, like a football) on the same side as the breast you’re nursing from. Support your baby’s head with the same hand, and use your other hand to cup your breast as you would for the cradle hold.
This one can be particularly helpful for moms who have smaller breasts. Lean back on a bed or couch, well supported by pillows, so that when you put your baby tummy-to-tummy onto your body, head near your breast, gravity will keep him or her molded to you. Your baby can rest on you in any direction, as long as the whole front of the body is against yours and he or she can reach your breast. Your infant can naturally latch on in this position, or you can help by directing the nipple toward your little one’s mouth. Once baby is set up at your breast, you don’t have to do much besides lie back and relax.
This position is a good choice when you’re breastfeeding in the middle of the night. Both you and your baby should lie on your sides, tummy to tummy. Use your hand on the side you’re not lying on to cup your breast if you need to. You may want to place a small pillow behind your baby’s back to hold him or her close.
Your baby may first display some hunger cues, signaling that he/she is ready to feed. He might suck on his lip, tongue, finger, or fist. Fidgeting and fussing at this time are also indicators that your baby is hungry. Crying is a late hunger cue and may make it more difficult to begin breastfeeding.
Try to pay attention and learn those earlier hunger cues. Keep in mind that swaddling, pacifiers, and mittens can inhibit the hunger cues, as the baby’s mouth and hands are restricted.
A good latch is vital to successful breastfeeding.
The following techniques used with proper positioning can help ensure a good latch:
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Time to stop?
Ideally, your baby will decide he’s had enough when he’s drained one or both breasts. If you need to change your baby’s position, switch him to the other breast, or end his feeding for any reason, gently insert your finger into the corner of his mouth. A quiet “pop” means you’ve broken the suction (which can be remarkably strong!), and you can pull him away.
Take Care of Your Nipples
Your nipples naturally make a lubricant to prevent drying, cracking, or infections. In order to keep your nipples healthy: