Positioning

 

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Positioning

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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