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5 breastfeeding positions to try

Cradle

Use the hand opposite from the side you are feeding from to offer the breast to your baby.

Breastfeeding takes practice and the classic cradle position is one that moms will use in the long run.

For the cradle, make sure you are sitting up with support behind your back, and pillows to bring your baby to the level of your nipple may be needed in the first few weeks when he or she is smaller. The baby should be on his or her side with knees and body as close as possible to you—belly should be facing your chest and the head should not be able to turn away. The head should be on top the same forearm as the breast you are feeding from, and not stuck in the crook of the arm.

This positioning gives your baby space for a deeper latch, which is more effective. Let the baby latch on when he or she is ready.

Reviewed by Dr. Jen Lincoln, September 2020

References

  1. The Health Guidance. The Best Breastfeeding Positions.
  2. KidsHealth. Nursing Positions.

Comments

  1. I was having trouble with my baby unlatching alot I wish someone would’ve told me about the laid back position sooner! The lactation consultant didn’t even know about it! Thank you for sharing this!

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  2. Im just seeing this laid back position and I must say its looks very relaxing. Something i will try during nursing.

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    1. Relaxing is exactly right – this and side-lying can actually give a mama a break (and her back too!). Great techniques to try!

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  3. I wish I had known about the laid back feeding position prior to starting breastfeeding. It has become a great way to comfortably feed my little one.

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    1. Yes, isn’t it interesting how this position is so rarely taught? I have found that few women are told about it, but it really can be a lifesaver!

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