This is a great position for moms who have had a C-section or who have larger breasts.
Like a football, hold the baby tucked under your arm, so that he or she is wrapped around the same side of your body as the breast in use. The baby’s head should be positioned in front of your chosen breast with that hand cradling his or her neck in position (again, don’t cup the head and forcibly push baby onto the breast). Your hand opposite from the breast in use can be used to offer the breast, and if needed, can elevate the breast during the feed.
Reviewed by Dr. Jen Lincoln, September 2020
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!
Im just seeing this laid back position and I must say its looks very relaxing. Something i will try during nursing.
Relaxing is exactly right – this and side-lying can actually give a mama a break (and her back too!). Great techniques to try!
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.
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!