5 breastfeeding positions to try

Side-lying

Side-lying nursing can be a nice nighttime breastfeeding position, but be sure not to fall asleep with baby in an unsafe sleep environment while doing this.

For nighttime breastfeeding success where you can get some rest as you feed, or if you are feeling pain in other positions, you may want to try side-lying nursing.

To prepare, you will want to have back support with multiple pillows. Lay down with your baby’s tummy facing yours and his or her head positioned right in front of your breast. Your arms can be positioned wherever is comfortable for you and baby—supporting your head, on your baby’s back, etc. Keep in mind this position may only “work” or feel right after your baby is a few months old, so if it as first it doesn’t succeed, try again!

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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