Breastfeeding is a big undertaking as a mom, though it’s extremely beneficial to your baby. It’s also beneficial to you as well, as breastfeeding can help you lose that baby weight faster. It can also decrease your risk of developing breast cancer later in life. In order to become successful with breastfeeding, you should find comfortable positions that you can feed your baby in. Keeping in mind, there may be different locations that you’ll be nursing in. You may be sitting in the nursery rocking your baby and feeding them while they’re comfortably nestled in your arms. You may be in bed, your baby nursing on your breast while you’re drifting in and out of sleep. Even when you’re on the go, your baby may demand a meal that you weren’t prepared for. Knowing the most comfortable way to feed your baby will reduce your stress as a new mom.
The cradle hold is the most common way that women usually feed their babies, and it’s pretty versatile regardless of where you are. You are essentially cradling your baby in your arms as you would if they were being rocked to sleep. You just need to slightly turn the baby in towards you so it looks as though they are facing you. The direction you hold the baby depends on which breast you’re going to be nursing off of. You can switch sides halfway through quite easily.
If you’re in bed with your baby, you can scoot their body in close to yours. As you expose your breast, they will face you and nurse while both of you are laying together. This generally works quite well when you’re going to be nursing your baby off the breast that is closest to your mattress. It’s a convenient position if you have a baby that is feeding very frequently and you’re just downright exhausted.
If you’ve just given birth by way of C-section, you may not be able to feed your baby the way you would like. However, having your baby latch on shortly after giving birth will help promote a good bonding experience and help with the breastfeeding journey. Lying on your back flat, your baby can rest on your shoulder, nursing on your breast as you remain comfortable.
If you have tried multiple breastfeeding positions and just can’t seem to make things work the right way, there’s nothing wrong with reaching out to a lactation consultant in your area. They can set up an appointment with you to see what might be going wrong when you nurse. They can also provide you with different positions to try if your baby is fussy or not latching on right away. Otherwise, just do what feels natural for you and your baby that will provide them with the nutrition that they need to grow.