Getting Started: Breastfeeding Positions
Comfortable positions that help you get your rest in the
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
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
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
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
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.