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.
Early stages reclining and lying is encouraged
Here are some other positions that you can try:
- Cross Cradle
Attaching baby to the breast
- Baby at the breast
- Gaping Mouth
- Photo of asymmetrical latch
- A view “inside the baby’s mouth”
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.