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5 breastfeeding positions to try

Laid-back position

Laid-back breastfeeding takes advantage of gravity to help with latching and positioning.

In this position, mom gets comfortable on a couch or bed with some pillows to prop her up a bit—she’s not totally flat, but semi-reclining. With mom leaning back, place baby on your tummy and let him or her self-latch to the breast. It doesn’t matter exactly how your baby is positioned so long as his or her front is in contact with yours, and the latch feels right. You may or may not need to support your breast. This is a wonderful nursing position for newborns (as well as their tired new moms!), when mom has a very forceful let-down or fast flow, or for babies who constantly pulls off the breast during feeds.

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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