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It is important that you are comfortable and that you are aware of any strain to your body. Here are some things to consider when setting up to breastfeed your baby:

  • Choose a place in your home where you are comfortable.
  • Set yourself up with a glass of water and whatever you may need during the feeding.
  • Ask your partner, support person or family member for help. As you are learning, it can be helpful to have an extra set of hands.
  • You may wish to place a pillow behind you for back support.
  • Allow yourself to recline.  Your back may become sore if you are leaning over the baby (see image below)
  • If you wish, you may use a breastfeeding pillow. Many moms prefer not to use a breastfeeding pillow.


Optimal Positioning

Optimal Positioning

Less optimal Positioning

Less optimal Positioning

Early stages reclining and lying is encouraged


Here are some other positions that you can try:

  • Cross Cradle
  • Cradle
  • Clutch
  • Twins
  • Side-lying


Side-lying Gallery


Attaching baby to the breast

  • Baby at the breast
  • Gaping Mouth
  • Photo of asymmetrical latch
  • A view “inside the baby’s mouth”


Initial tenderness is normal, but pain is not. If you are having difficulty latching, seek assistance from your health care provider. See our Resources :  local, online and print.

Tip:  When baby has is attached well, it will look like he/she taking a large bite of a hamburger. When baby is not well attached, he/she may look like he/she is drinking out of a straw.

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