All the new moms whether first timers or experienced, know that breastfeeding is serious business. And it does get a lot difficult at times especially for the new moms out there.
Keeping in mind the fact that breastfeeding can and does take a toll on you. It is especially true when you are so worn out of child birth, you’re not getting enough sleep and feeding your child is all the more taxing.
When it comes to breastfeeding, most women usually hold the baby in one basic position – The cradle hold. But there a lot of other positions as well which are worth giving a try. So we have for you a guide to some easy and comfortable breastfeeding positions for you.
Before you read any further, keep in mind that the basic of breastfeeding is that it should not hurt while you’re doing it. If it does hurt, that means the baby’s positioning is not right.
The cradle hold
As mentioned above, this is the most common position practiced by mothers everywhere. All you have to do for this is sit with a firm back support.
The baby has to be lying on his side and his mouth should be in level with your nipple. If you have to feed him on the left breast, then his head should be on your left forearm and your left hand supporting his back and hips. Support your breast with the right hand.
In case you feel like you cannot support the weight of the baby, use a feeding pillow or a normal pillow below your baby.
The cross-cradle hold
Very similar to the cradle hold is the cross cradle hold. The only difference is that if you are feeding on the left breast, your left hand supports the left breast while your right hand supports the baby’s head.
The baby’s head rests in the space between your thumb and index finger. Make sure that the mouth of the baby is closer to your nipple. Otherwise, this will result in a poor latch and may cause problems for both you and the baby.
The Side-lying Cradle
This is a comparatively easier and more comfortable position than the regular cradle hold or cross-cradle. All you have to do is lie down on your side with supported back inclined. Hold your baby in a cradle position.
If you are feeding on your left breast then your left hand should be tucked into his back and hips and right hand should support the baby’s head. The reason why this position is more comfortable is that the mother gets to give some much needed rest to her back while breastfeeding.
The inverted Side Lying
In a position like this, the mother lies on the bed with a pillow supporting her head. Or if you want to breastfeed on the left side, your left hand should support your head. Your right hand, on the other side, should support your breast.
Lay the baby in an inverted position as yourself with the feet closer to your head and the mouth of your baby towards your nipple.
It is generally believed that any breastfeeding position where the baby has to lie down should not be practiced. The reason for this is that it may cause ear infections in babies. However, research suggests otherwise.
It says that breastfeeding is safe to do lying down but formula should always be given to babies with their heads tilted up. Formula feeding a baby while lying him down increases the chances of ear infection and not breast feeding.
No matter which position you choose to breastfeed your baby. The point is that it should neither be uncomfortable for the baby nor the mother.