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Getting Started: Breastfeeding Positions

Comfortable positions that help you get your rest in the early weeks

Positions that some women find relaxing include side lying or laid back nursing. You can begin breastfeeding in this way while the baby is still in light sleep or a drowsy state.

A baby does not have to be fully awake to latch and feed. Watch for stirring and stretching motions that happen before the baby is fully awake. The drowsy period is an ideal time for your baby to self attach.

Side Lying position

Side Lying Breastfeeding Position

Lean in to pillows placed behind your back, add a pillow between you knees for extra comfort. Lie baby on his side with his mouth in line with your nipple and his knees pulled close to your body. Offer your breast by supporting it from underneath. After the baby has started nursing you may want to place a pillow behind his back to hold him close.

Infant Safety in a side lying nursing position
Adult beds used for side lying breastfeeding need to be very flat and firm. Avoid soft bed surfaces such as pillow or memory foam mattresses, water beds, or couches where the baby may roll towards you.

“Laid-Back” breastfeeding position

Laid-Back breastfeeding position

Lean back and support your head and shoulders well with firm pillows that feel comfortable and secure.

Place your drowsy baby on top of you and let the baby find your breast to self attach.

Place your baby’s whole front be in contact with your upper body.

Rest your baby’s cheek rest near your breast.

Support your breast if needed.

You can try different ways to hold your baby across your body. Baby may want to be in a position that they remember from being in the womb.

Relax and enjoy for as long as you like.

This “laid back” way encourages you to keep using your body as a secure “nest” for your baby whether you are clothed or not. The baby feels supported and can relax into breastfeeding. This position can be a way of helping your baby to use more of his natural feeding instincts. Once your baby is attached, your hands are free to interact with your baby.

“Laid back nursing” is also called biological nurturing. You can find more information and a video to show you how online.



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