Breastfeeding Positions. ...a practical guide on how to breastfeed.
The following breastfeeding positions are the most popular ones. Remember, though, that as you and your baby will get more experienced, you both will be creative enough to discover the new positions which would suit u both.
A nursing pillow is a must. A pillow will assure a good latch and lot of comfort to your baby.
This position functions best in any of the following circumstances:
Mother is just learning to breastfeed.
Mother has Big breast and needs to support it.
Baby is small.
Baby needs extra support.
Baby is ill.
This position differs from cradle hold in the way your hands are used.
One hand will go towards holding baby's head and neck while the forearm will be supporting baby's Body.
Don't held baby's head too tightly. Allow some scope for movement.
Move baby's lower arm out of way if it is obstructing the breastfeeding.
Use your other hand to hold your breast. Hold the breast in a C- type Grip where all the fingers will be underside and the thumb will be on the above side. The fingers and thumb should be at a little bit distance from aerola: the darker part of your nipple.
If you are feeding on your left breast then use your left hand to support the breast and the right hand to support the baby.
Bring the baby across the front of your body so that your baby's tummy, face and chest are facing you.
Wrap baby's legs around your side.
Use a foot stool for yourself and a nursing pillow to extend comfort to your baby.
Side lying hold position is the most suitable position for night feedings or at times when you feel like having rest.
If you had a C-section, you may prefer breastfeeding this way. Having someone to help you positioning might help.
At first, this position is difficult to master though, especially if you have a new born. But it is still possible. Start with sitting at the side of the bed and start the breastfeeding by using any other suitable position. Then slightly lower yourself and your baby to a lying down position.
Initially, for few times you may not feel confident. But as you will practice, you will find this to be the best.
Place the baby on his side. So that he doesn't have to turn his head to get breastfed.
Lie down on your side with your back supported by pillows.
Place one pillow in between your upper knees.
Roll your right leg back while breastfeeding on your left breast.
Roll your left leg back while breastfeeding on your right breast.
As you will roll a bit, you will feel the need of the pillow on the small of your back and one pillow in between your knees.
Place a rolled blanket next to baby's back. Make sure baby's head is free to move away when he's done.
If your baby is a new born. Rest his head on the crook of your arm i.e. the curve of your arm. If he's a little older, he can lie on the bed.
Don't be afraid of you crushing the baby unless you are an alcoholic or you are breastfeeding on waterbed.
If you have just had a C-section, try covering your stomach with a small pillow or a rolled hand towel.
This is the most interesting among all breastfeeding positions and will allow you to walk while breastfeeding.
This position serves well to:
Mothers who has had Caesarian C-section.
Mothers with Big breast
Pre mature infants
In Football hold position, you need to
Occupy a relaxed position on a chair or bed.
Tuck a pillow on your side. Your baby's going to rest on this. And so is your arm.
Place a nursing pillow on your lap. Your other hand can rest on this.
As you place your baby on your side pillow, his feet will rest on the back of the chair or on the wall if you are sitting on the bed.
Support baby's shoulder and neck by using your thumb under one of the baby's ear and the index finger under the other ear.
Hold the baby with your right arm while breastfeeding on the right side breast.
With hand supporting neck and shoulders, use your forearm to support your baby's body.
Use your other hand to support your breast. If your breast are bigger, you can try rolling a hand towel and keeping it under your breast.
Use a chair or a nursing pillow near your elbow to support your baby's bottom.
You can use the nursing pillows on your side and back for support.
In all breastfeeding positions you need to:
Hold the breast in C-section such as your thumb is at top and fingers underneath the breast and way behind the aerola.
Tickle baby's lips with your nipple and wait for the baby to open his mouth wide open.
Resist putting nipple right away inside baby's mouth. For a proper latch , you have to keep on repeating the tickling act till he opens his mouth wide. Once it does, put in your breast inside your baby's mouth such as the nipple was pointing to the roof of baby's mouth and not in the center. That's why in a proper latch, baby's head is tilted a little backwards.