Easy positions for breastfeeding babies
Breastfeeding is one of the most powerful bonding activity for a mother. For me i find it very relaxing and rewarding once you are lactating well, baby is latching and you both are in a comfortable position.
However, it can very draining especially if you have a baby boy or multiple babies to feed. Its best to discover a very good position for breastfeeding that works for you especially for night feeds. You dont want to sleep off and let the baby go and fall…. we are humans and we cant cheat nature.
There are a lot of positions for breast feeding but one that really works well especially at night is the side lying position
Ideal for relaxed night feeds and breastfeeding in bed or on the sofa, side-lying can also be more comfortable than sitting if you’ve had a caesarean or stitches. You and your baby need to lie on your sides next to one another, belly-to-belly
Whichever breastfeeding position you choose, remember:
- Gather everything you need, such as a drink, snacks, your mobile, TV remote, book or magazine, before you start feeding. And don’t forget to have a wee first – you may not be able to get up again for some time!
- Make sure your baby is comfy. Whatever position you’re in, your baby should be stable and supported, while his head, neck and spine should not be twisted.
- Ensure you feel relaxed and comfy too. Use cushions, pillows or rolled towels to support your back or arms if you need to.
- Check your baby is latching on correctly. A good latch is vital for comfortable breastfeeding.
- If your baby struggles to latch or breastfeeding makes you sore, seek support from a lactation consultant or breastfeeding specialist. They will also be able to show you how to support your baby to help you feed more comfortably.