This article highlights common breastfeeding positions nursing mothers should try
Breastfeeding, as mothers all know, is very important to a baby’s development. Hence the need to put the proper breastfeeding position into consideration.
While you sleep, eat, relax or work, there are different positions for you to breastfeed your baby. You may even find the position that works best for you and your baby. It could be your ‘signature position’.
Here are seven common breastfeeding positions you should try.
1. Cradle hold (same arm):
Your baby is on your lap while you hold him/her across your lap. You use both arms to support your baby’s weight.
2. Cradle hold (opposite arm):
This breastfeeding position is similar to the previous one, but you use the opposite arm from where the baby feeds to support your breast.
3. Laid-back breastfeeding:
While you relax, you can always place your baby on your stomach and breastfeed.
4. Rugby ball hold:
In this position, you hold your baby while the head is on a pillow to support the neck.
5. Side-lying hold:
With this position, you lay down with your body and your baby’s parallel. Ensure that you’re comfortable breastfeeding while you lay down so that your baby will also be comfortable.
Also, don’t rest on your arm, but on your pillow.
6. Twins hold:
You can use a pillow or cushion to support your babies’ heads while you feed them with the two breasts at the same time. Your hands should also support their upper backs or their heads.
It may seem challenging to breastfeed twins, but it’s definitely possible!
7. Koala hold:
In this position, you put your baby on your knees in an upright position, and you support your baby with one arm.