I’m sure if you followed our previous post on what is weaning, you are now familiar with it. Referring to the same, there is a list of never ending common questions asked by mothers mom about weaning and here are a few for you. 

I start work soon but my baby is still not ready to self wean. What can I do?

When your baby is not ready to wean but you have to make him for whatever reasons, things can get a little tricky. But that does not mean that you leave your child to take care of himself.

What you have to understand is that there are going to be withdrawal symptoms, he may be very clingy or cry a lot too. He would feel separation anxiety from his mom. The best thing you can do is in order to give him the physical comfort he needs from you, give your baby as much hugs and cuddles as you can.

This will ensure that he gets the physical comfort from his mother that he desires, even if it is not breastfeeding.

Spend a lot of time with your baby when you are around and give all your attention to him. In case your baby still feels he wants to breastfeed, never say no. Offer him your breast for his satisfaction. That’s the best you can possibly do.

ALSO READ – How Long Should I Breastfeed My Baby

I am unable to nurse because of my schedule but my baby has fallen ill.

It is a universal fact that breast milk provides all the nutrition and immunity a baby needs to fight off the disease causing germs. When ill, babies want to nurse more often too, especially for the comfort they get from their mother’s breasts.

No matter how far ahead in the weaning process you’ve come, if your baby falls ill, offer him your breast if he wants and let him breast feed for as long as he wants and as often as he wants. It’s crucial for the baby.

Like growth spurt, does a baby’s milk intake need change in weaning as well?

Growth spurt has no connection with weaning whatsoever. But yes, when you’re weaning your baby, he may feel the need to be closer to you physically, but not necessarily for milk.

If he wants to feed, you can offer him more solids or water, juices etc. But if you can, try and avoid breastfeeding (unless of course your baby is sick) because it will halt your weaning process.

Ever since I started the weaning my baby, he refuses to drink any other milk.

Yes, this may happen. When your child weans naturally, it is unlikely that your baby will refuse to take milk in any other form. However, mother-led weaning can repel him from milk other than his mom’s.

ALSO READ – 5 Common Questions And Answers About Breastfeeding

There are proofs out there that show that milk (apart from breast milk), when a baby is a year or older, is not needed by the body because we normally get all the desired nutrients that milk provides, from other solid foods.

So, if your baby is a year or older than that, you can offer him any substitute like yogurt, cheese etc., if he starts to refuse drinking milk. Just ensure that he gets enough protein which could also be in the form of eggs, peanut butter and calcium can be had from green vegetables etc. Other nondairy sources of protein can be tofu, soy products, beans, calcium enrich orange juice, broccoli, spinach etc… the list is endless.

Whatever question you may have about weaning, you can let us know.

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If you have been breastfeeding your baby for a few months, I’m sure you must be scared about your baby’s teething.

You are absolutely not looking forward to the time when your baby will start teething. There is a reason why. And that reason is biting during breastfeeding!

Yes, when babies start teething, they take every chance to bite you while you’re breastfeeding them. It happens ever so often and I have heard of moms who have had bleeding nipples because of this.

Luckily, my daughter has not started teething yet. So I’m safe for a little while more. But she does bite even with her gums and trust me it is very painful. I can only imagine how painful it will be once she starts teething.

Now the question that arises is what can we do about babies biting when breastfeeding?

Before I get to that, let me tell you a few reasons why babies bite –

When they are beginning to teeth, like my daughter, their gums become hard and irritate them. As a form of relief, they chew at everything they grab. So, when they have your breast in their mouth, they like to bite at it for comfort.

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Once a baby has fallen asleep at your breast, they have a tendency to comfort feed and while they are doing that, they would start biting.

Also, when your baby gets a little older, absolutely anything and everything will distract him if he is wide awake at your breast. And what better than having something in their mouth to chew on?

Now, what can you do about it?

One thing that I have noticed with my eight and a half month old daughter is that the more reaction I give her in certain things, the more she tries to repeat her actions. For example, if she pulls my hair and I scream in pain, she would do it again to get a reaction from me.

Similarly, if your baby bites you at your breast, sometimes babies would repeat it only to continue getting a reaction from your end. And this motivates them to do it further. I would suggest that that if your baby bites, do not give him any reaction (even if it pains). I know it is hard to do but you could at least try.

Whatever you do to keep him from biting, do not scare him with your scream that he even refuses to latch on to you.

You need to stop feeding him gently, but not instantly, once he bites and gently tell him that it hurts when he bites. Although he may not understand the French you’re speaking, but he will get what you’re trying to say for sure.

As I mentioned earlier, the main reason behind biting is – irritate in gums because of teething. So, should we give a baby something to chew on before breastfeeding, chances are there that baby will not bite or bite less.

I am saying this because of my personal experience. Giving a cold teether to chew on before breastfeeding saved me from these painful biting accidents. This happened because the irritation of teeth was taken away by the cold teether.

Never pull your breast out of your baby’s mouth in a forceful manner. In this way, you will not only hurt yourself but your baby also. He will suddenly tend to become more irritated for having his milk taken away from him.

ALSO READ – Teething Symptoms in Babies

The benefits of breastfeeding are outnumbered but every good thing comes with a price of its own. And, in this case, the price is mostly bourne by the mother. But think of it as a passing phase. And once your baby’s irritation on the gums subsides, I’m sure the biting will reduce as well.

Until then, keep breastfeeding and look out for signs when your baby starts to teeth. This way you’ll be more prepared!

How has your experience of breastfeeding a teething baby been? Do you have any questions to ask us? Let us know in the comments below.

Breast milk, as everyone knows, is liquid gold. There is no denying this fact. The benefits that breast milk alone can provide your baby cannot be provided by any other substitute. It is advisable for every mother (to-be) to breastfeed their babies. But these days, the debate is on for how long should I breastfeed my baby.

To be honest, in past times, this was not even a question. Babies would breastfeed for as long as they wanted to. I even happen to know mothers who have breastfed their babies up until the age of 4-5 years giving them bonus benefits. But the times and priorities have changed today. The biggest question every breastfeeding mom has – How long should I continue this for? And deciding when to stop is an important decision to take for every mother. Now to answer this question, let’s consider a few things first –

  1. It is advisable to exclusively breastfeed for 6 months.
  2. The World Health Organization (WHO) considers it best to breastfeed a minimum of two years.
  3. The more the years of breastfeeding, the more benefits to the baby in the long run.
  4. Benefits accrue to both baby and the mother.
  5. It changes in composition according to your baby’s needs and provides nutrients accordingly.

These things are very basic in nature. Everyone knows that breastfeeding comes with its own advantages. And that they are many.

To begin with, it is always wise to exclusively breastfeed your baby for the first six months. The reason being that in the first six months, although you do give a lot of illness fighting goodness to your baby, this is also the minimum amount of time you should breastfeed. Not 3 months, not 4 months but a minimum of 6 months to be precise. You should absolutely not budge from this. Unless of course there are reasons you can’t really do much about.

ALSO READ – Home Remedies For Common Breastfeeding Problems

If we go by scientific evidence, they say that a baby takes at least a year of breastfeeding to actually get the goodness of all the antibodies that comes with breast milk. Meaning – that if you do not breastfeed your baby for a year, he will not get the most of your breast milk.

Have you ever noticed that people our age fell sick very rarely during our times when we were kids? That’s because breastfeeding during those times used to be extended far beyond 6 months.

The more a baby breastfeeds for, the better are his chances of immunity against so many illnesses. This is a fact that needs no proof. I have seen people who have been breastfed for only 3-6 months in their infancy and people who have been breastfed for 2 years and beyond. There is stark noticeable difference in their health and their immunity against diseases.

And the benefits are not only provided to the baby in form of immunity from ear infections, diabetes, skin diseases, gastrointestinal problems, Sudden Infant Death Syndrome (SIDS) etc. But also to the mother in form of immunity from breast cancer, ovarian cancer and type 2 diabetes.

Also, not to mention that women’s bodies are designed in such a way that if their baby happens to fall sick, the body automatically changes the composition of the breast milk in such a way that it provides all those vital nutrients for the baby at that time.

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So considering all these things and the scientific evidences in favor of breast milk, personally I believe that you should breastfeed your baby exclusively for the first six months. And continue breastfeeding for at least a minimum of a year.

I’m all in favor of extended breastfeeding. If a little bit of effort from your end can end up saving your baby from so many diseases, then why not?

How about you? How long do you plan to breastfeed your baby for? Have you already passed that stage?

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When you experience something first hand, it is only then you have questions regarding the same. From birth to breastfeeding, we are bombarded with questions of how, what, why, when?

So we have come up with 5 common questions and answers about breastfeeding. And trust me, having experienced the highs and lows of breastfeeding myself, there is absolutely no end to the questions we have in mind.

Based on my personal experience, here is a list of some common questions we all have when we get on the journey of breastfeeding for the first time.

How do I know if I’m producing enough milk for my baby?

This is a very frequently asked question by mothers who are breastfeeding. Especially when your newborn stays latched on to your breast for longer duration, we tend to think that her milk demands are not being met. This is generally never the case.

To ensure you are producing enough milk for your baby look for these signs-

  1. Enough wet diapers a day (anywhere between 6 and 8)
  2. Your baby is passing stool naturally
  3. Your baby is not cranky and crying for longer duration out of hunger
  4. Your baby is putting on a healthy weight

Why does it hurt when I’m breastfeeding?

Well, for every new mom who is breastfeeding, it hurts, at least in the beginning. But once you and your baby get used to it, it should not.

Where you take your time in learning how to latch your baby properly, your baby takes his own sweet time in learning how to latch and suckle.

Otherwise, other than the sucking motion, breastfeeding should not hurt.

A lot of times when the baby has not latched on properly, it hurts. Other reasons could include – cracked or sore nipples, a fast let down, infection, mastitis.

But mostly, it is an improper latch that makes breastfeeding hurt.

ALSO READ – Some Common Breastfeeding Problems

I have small breasts, do I still produce enough milk for my baby?

Yes, you do! Apparently size of the breasts has nothing to do with how much milk you can produce. Your body will produce as much milk as your baby wants.

Your body changes during pregnancy and it does its work during that time in making sure that your body starts making milk.

The more you breastfeed, the more your body will produce milk. It’s a simple supply and demand process which has nothing to do with the size of your breasts.

My baby stays latched on for hours at end. Does he not get a good flow of milk?

It should take nothing more than half an hour at the most for your baby to breastfeed completely. There are various stages to breastfeeding.

When a baby is actively sucking, he’s getting milk but there are times when your baby would do comfort nursing and that is not to drink milk but for the comfort he gets from you. There is no harm, if he is asking for your warmth and comfort.

Your body produces only as much milk as your baby demands. If you still think your baby is not getting enough milk, see questions no. 1.

ALSO READ – Home Remedies For Common Breastfeeding Problems

I’m sick. Can I still breastfeed my baby? What if he catches my illness?

Yes, you can still breastfeed your baby even if you’re sick. Breast milk cannot, in any way, pass on any illness from you to your baby.

When you’re sick, your body produces antibodies (immunity in layman terms) and they get transferred from your body to the breast milk and directly to the baby. So do the math now. You’re actually giving more immunity to your baby while breastfeeding sick.

Don’t stop breastfeeding unless and until your doctor or pediatrician advises you to do so. There are certain medications which should be avoided when you’re breastfeeding your baby. So it is always best to consult with your doctor before taking any medications if you’re sick.

Other than that, your baby is absolutely safe feeding from your breasts when illness comes calling in.

These are the top 5 frequently asked questions about breastfeeding. If you have any questions or doubts of your own, let us know in the comments section below and we’ll be there to help you out with them.

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Like I mentioned in my last article – Common Breastfeeding Problems, with breastfeeding come a whole lot of issues. These issues are best addressed by continuing breastfeeding. However there are times when these issues need an external intervention.

This means remedies apart from the breast feeding alone. I say this because a lot of times when you are suffering from problems like sore breasts, cracked nipples etc. continuing to breastfeed can be bothersome, especially for the mothers. This may only lead to more problems for you. So, in order to give you some relief during such a time, I have gathered a list of home remedies for common breastfeeding problems to try when you have any of the problems associated with breastfeeding. Most of these home remedies are personally tried and tested so I know they are effective.

Sore or cracked Nipples

This is one of the advises that my lactation expert gave me. Did you know that your breast milk has anti-bacterial and healing properties? In a lot of cases, breast milk comes in handy. Sore nipples are one of those cases. Whether it is for a bleeding, cracked or sore nipple, apply your breast milk over the affected nipple and let it air dry.

If that doesn’t work for you, you can always try warm compresses. All you have to do is take a cloth, dip it in warm water and apply it on the affected breast. It really does wonders.

Blocked milk duct

First, try to breast feed if possible. If not, then take a hot shower and gently massage the affected breast with warm coconut oil. Warm compress helps relieve the tissue stiffness.

If possible try to use organic coconut oil because even if the baby gets the oil in the mouth, it won’t harm him. Also, to make sure it doesn’t form an infection, take a clove of garlic and gulp it down with water every 2-3 hours.

Engorged breasts

The best treatment for engorged breasts is breastfeeding. Nothing helps relieve the engorgement better than breastfeeding itself. Apart from that, you could try using the leaves of the green cabbage on your breasts after freezing them in the refrigerator.

These cold compresses will give you a lot of relief. Yet, another thing you can do to relieve engorged breasts is pumping. This will not only help you relieve hardness of the breasts but will also make sure that your milk supply does not get affected.

Breast infection or mastitis

You can have a breast infection for a number of reasons. One being mastitis and the other your breast being exposed to bacteria. This can happen because you have either a bleeding or cracked nipple and the bacteria enter your breasts from there.

No matter the reason for infection, apple cider vinegar comes to your rescue. ACV has anti-inflammatory and anti-bacterial properties and it helps prevent infections from spreading.

In half a cup of water, add 1 tbsp of ACV and a tsp of honey. Drink this mixture at least 3-4 times a day until your infection has been cured. Also, you can apply this mixture to the infected breast for more relief.

I cannot stress enough the fact that for any problem relating to breast feeding, please make sure that you do not stop breastfeeding. Continue to do so even if it hurts. Personally, I breastfed my baby when I had a cyst on my nipple.

I cannot even begin to tell you the pain I went through. I even stopped breastfeeding until the cyst went away but it only lead to engorged breast and even worse pain.

So the best thing you can do to relieve yourself of the discomfort is breastfeeding. But if that doesn’t seem like possible, then try these home remedies for quick relief.

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The feeling a mother experiences when her baby latched on to breast feed for the first time cannot be expressed in words. And, so is true for the pain faced by mothers because of some common breastfeeding problems.

Some mothers get tearful while others wonder in amazement what a beautiful life they have created. Either ways that’s probably the happiest moment of our lives. However, this moment of joy comes with a price of its own. So, let’s see what these common breastfeeding problems are and what can be done to sort these problems.

Improper latch

The very base of the breastfeeding problems that lead to more serious issues involving the breast is an improper latch. To ensure that the baby is latched on to the breast properly, see that most of the dark part of the breast (the areola) is in the baby’s mouth. Also, your baby’s lips should not be tucked in the mouth, and that her chin is tucked into the breast.

Sore and cracked nipples

This is one of the most common things that happens when they baby does not latch on to the breast properly. There is nothing that can ease the pain of sore and cracked nipples if you want to continue breastfeeding.

Chances are you will have to either pump in the pain or breast feed, either ways it gets extremely painful especially when your baby nibbles at the breast instead of sucking. Again, the solution to this is nothing but a proper latch.

It hurts when baby latches on

Most pediatricians would say that if it hurts, you are not breastfeeding well. The only sensation you should get when breastfeeding is that of strong sucking and it should never hurt.

If it hurts, then either the baby is not latched on properly or there could be another underlying cause. Ensure that the latch is proper if you want to breastfeed without pain.

Engorged or heavy breasts

This usually happens when your breasts are producing a lot of milk but you are not emptying your breasts as often. Also when you are still getting used to breastfeeding and your baby is still learning to latch properly, this is a common scene especially when you are producing enough milk.

Best way to make sure your supply remains intact and to avoid heaviness, try and pump as often as you can if you are unable to feed the baby for whatever reason. Do read my another article on how to prepare, preserve, and serve formula milk.

Blocked milk ducts

Yes and that’s a thing. And very painful for that matter. Only the mothers who have experienced this know the pain that comes with it. This happens when the engorged breasts are not taken care of.

If the engorgement or heaviness of the breasts continues or if the breasts are not emptied then it causes the milk ducts to block. You will be able to see a painful lump in your breast that hurts at even the slightest movement.

The solution to this is even if your breast hurts, make sure you keep feeding and don’t stop. It will usually go away on its own.

Mastitis

This is truly the mother of all problems related to breastfeeding. And happens when the blocked milk ducts are not taken care of. The breast becomes inflamed and painful with infection. This problem required medical attention and if you happen to get it, you might need antibiotics. Check with your doctor first.

If you are a new mom or an experienced one, chances are that if you have been breastfeeding, you have faced one or the other problem that comes with it.

Believe it or not even experienced mothers face these problems. The problem is not that the mothers don’t know how to feed properly, half of the problem is when the baby also doesn’t know how to latch on to the breast properly.

Out of these 6 common breastfeeding problems, I went through 5 of them and did have a hard time. But the good thing with most of these problems was that continued breastfeeding helped.

So, the best advice I can give if you are suffering from these is that you should continue to breastfeed. If the problem persists, don’t forget to check with your doctor.

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For all the new moms breastfeeding their little ones, I know it can be a task at times. With all the challenges that come with breastfeeding, it does get difficult.

But the difficulty aside, once you get the hang of it, you know there is nothing better than feeding your baby and seeing him grow only with the liquid gold you have been giving him. In this concern, today I am going to talk a bit about how to store breastmilk.

If you want to maintain a good supply of breast milk, it is extremely important to pump regularly at least 4-5 times a day for a minimum of 15-20 minutes on each breast. It doesn’t matter whether you hand express the milk or pump it using a breast pump. All that matters is you empty your breasts often so that you have enough supply for your baby.

Breast milk like I said is liquid gold for your baby. One can’t talk enough about all the benefits your child gets if you feed him breast milk for at least 6 months initially. One of the most frequently asked questions that comes with pumping is how to store breast milk and for how long. Keep reading if you, like other mothers, want to know too.

First off, you have to be extremely careful about how you handle breast milk. For some, it may be in abundance, but for others every single drop counts. And for mothers who have cried over spilled milk know what I’m talking about. So the best thing about breast milk is that it can be stored in the fridge or freezer for a long time.

ALSO READ : How Long Should I Breastfeed My Baby

So here are some guidelines of storing your breast milk:

  • If you store your breast milk in the fridge, you can store it for up to 4 days and discard it after that.
  • If the milk has been left out at the room temperature, you can safely give that milk to your baby between 4 and 8 hours.
  • As far as freezing the breast milk is concerned, depending upon how much and how often your baby feeds, you might want to keep it in small bags of quantities ranging from 30ml to 120ml. The whole point is to not waste any milk when you are defrosting it. So having smaller bags of frozen milk comes in handy.
  • The best time to freeze breast milk is when it is absolutely fresh. Frozen breast milk can be kept in the freezer for up to a month. But if you store it in a deep freezer, you can safely keep it for 3-6 months, although the temperature has to be 0 degrees F.

Here’s a quick glance at storage instructions of breast milk –

Duration When to Discard
Breast Milk in Fridge Up to 4 days After 4 days
Breast Milk at room temperature 4-8 hours Better to discard after 7 hours
Breast Milk in Freezer 1 month After 1 month
Breast Milk Deep Freezer at 0 degree F temperature 3-6 months After 6 months

How to freeze breast milk

You can either use glass bottles or safe plastic bottles to sore your breast milk. Another great way to store breast milk is in plastic bags which I found very useful and very easier to handle than plastic or glass bottles. Also, these bags took less space in my fridge.

Defrosting Breast Milk

Coming to defrosting breast milk, it is important to make sure you defrost your breast milk way ahead of giving it to your baby. An important point to note is that breast milk should never be boiled. You have to let it naturally come to room temperature before you give it to your baby.

So let’s say you want to give stored milk to your baby in the afternoon, it would be good to take out the milk bag in the morning so that you have plenty of time to defrost it.

ALSO READ : 5 Common Questions And Answers About Breastfeeding

Another thing you can do is – you can take the breast milk from the freezer the night before using it and keep in the fridge for some time. This way it will take less time to defrost when you need it.

Things to remember:

  • Never put bag of frozen breast milk in hot water or microwave to defrost it.
  • Whenever handling breast milk, make sure you wash your hands with hot water and that you do not sneeze or cough near breast milk etc. It is to be handled very carefully because children catch illnesses very easily.
  • If you use paper towel to dry your hands, make sure there is no left over residue of the same as sometimes paper towel tends to stick to moist skin.
  • Remember to always mark the bottle or bag with a permanent marker the amount of milk you have stored in it and the day and time you stored it.
  • Organize your freezer in a way that you use the older milk first. Else, you will have to discard a lot of milk if you keep using the fresher milk first.

My experience of storing, freezing and defrosting breast milk has been both good and bad. It is only with time I actually got to know how to do things in a better way. I have cried a lot over spilled and unusable breast milk when my supply because for a breast feeding mother, every drop counts. And I’m sure a lot of you mothers feel me. But now that I have experienced it I know how to better take care of the milk I have stored.

There is no better gift a mother can give her child than breast milk and we cannot deny from the goodness that comes with it. Therefore, it would be better if you learn to store breastmilk. This will not only help your baby with required amount of milk, but also will improve help grow faster.

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Speaking of breastfeeding positions when it comes to twins, it can be a difficult task. But definitely not an impossible one.

Some mothers think that it is better to start their twins on formula because they may not have enough milk supply to feed both the babies. It is not true at all. Our bodies adjust to the milk demand of the babies. So if you’re having twins, there is no need to shift to formula because trust us, your body will make as much milk as your babies need.

Look at some of the positions to make breastfeeding your twins easier.

Front Cross Position

Front-Cross -Breastfeeding Positions for Twins
Front-Cross -Breastfeeding Positions for Twins

In any position you choose to breastfeed your twins, if you keep a feeding pillow, it will be easier for you to feed. So a front cross position is a very comfortable position. Sit in a comfortable position with a firm feeding pillow.

Hold you babies in a way that each of their heads are on each of your inner arms. Their bodies should be such that they cross each other. You could place your hands on top of each other or on your babies’ hips for better support. A breastfeeding pillow will be your best friend feeding your twins.

Upright Latch

Upright-Latch Breastfeeding Positions for Twins
Upright-Latch Breastfeeding Positions for Twins

An upright latch position for breastfeeding may not seem like an ultimate feeding position for newborns or infants. If your twins can be help upright easily or if they can balance their head, you could try this position easily.
Sit in a comfortable position on a chair or sofa, whatever feels easy for you. Have your twins sit on each of your thigh facing your breasts. Hold them in a way that your hands support them at each of their hips while their heads rest on your arms.

Football and Cradle Hold

Football-&-Cradle -Breastfeeding Positions for Twins
Football-&-Cradle -Breastfeeding Positions for Twins

Football and cradle hold is two positions in one. You hold one baby in a cradle position and the other in a football position.

Bring one of your twins across the front of your body and support his back with your hand. Your other baby is positioned under your arm and feet pointing towards your back. You should be able to support your baby’s shoulders, neck and head with your other hand.

Double Football hold

Double-Football - Breastfeeding Positions for Twins
Double-Football – Breastfeeding Positions for Twins

In a position like this, you should hold both your babies in each arm in a clutched position. The right hand supports the baby on the right breast and the left hand supports the baby on the left breast. The legs of both the babies should be pointing towards your back.

As mentioned earlier, because you have twins, you should definitely take the help of a feeding pillow as it takes away most of the baby weight from you.

Just work around different positions and see which one works best for you.

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⇠ Previous Breastfeeding Positions

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.

Previously we talked a few breastfeeding positions like the cradle hold, the cross-cradle hold, the side-lying hold, and the inverted side-lying hold. In this addition, let us talk about a few more breastfeeding positions.

Back Lying Position

Back-lying Breastfeeding Position
Back-lying Breastfeeding Position

We can’t stress enough the fact that there are a number of easy to hold positions for breastfeeding and back lying position is one of them.

What you have to do to feed your little one in this position is simply keep a pillow behind you to support your back and lay down inclined. Hold your baby facing your breast with his mouth at the nipple level. Use your right hand to hold the baby from the hips and your left hand on his back.

Side Lying Position

Side-lying Breastfeeding Position
Side-lying Breastfeeding Position

This is another position that comes under the most comfortable positions category. Lay on your left side and offer your left breast to your baby.

Hold your left breast with your right hand while your left hand supports your head. You could even place a pillow underneath your head for extra comfort if you wish.

Keep in mind though that while feeding your baby in this position, your baby’s body should be facing yours. Only the head should not be tilted towards the breast.The side lying position gives the mother and her back the much needed rest.

This position is the best for mothers who have had a C-section as the weight of the baby does not press on your spot making it easier for you to breastfeed. You may even take a quick nap as well as your baby feeds.

The Australian Hold

Australian hold Breastfeeding Position
Australian hold Breastfeeding Position

In this position, you hold your baby on one of your thighs facing you. If you are feeding on the right breast, your right hand holds the baby’s head while your left hand supports your breast for a good latch.

A position like this is better for babies who are old enough to sit on your thigh and can reach the height of your breast. In case your baby is younger and smaller, you can use a cushion under his hips to reach your breast.

The Football Hold

Football Breastfeeding Position
Football Breastfeeding Positionbres

This is another breastfeeding position that is fit for women with a C-section. For a football position, hold your baby on a pillow with his chest along your side and his legs behind you.

If you are nursing on your left breast, hug your baby with your left arm with your hand under his head. Use your right hand to support your breast for a good latch.

A position like this can be a bit difficult for women with smaller breasts. So you will either have to keep a bigger cushion or try a position that is more comfortable for you and the baby.

With this guide to breastfeeding positions, we are sure you would be more at ease nursing your baby. Find the position that works best for the both of you for a good feeding session.

⇠ Previous Breastfeeding Positions

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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

Cradle Breastfeeding Position
Cradle Breastfeeding Position

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

Cross-Cradle Breastfeeding Position
Cross-Cradle Breastfeeding Position

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

Side-Lying Cradle Breastfeeding Position
Side-Lying Cradle Breastfeeding Position

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

Inverted Side-lying Breastfeeding Position
Inverted Side-lying Breastfeeding Position

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.

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