Which is the Best Breast Feeding Position
for My Baby?
your baby can be one of the most emotionally fulfilling experiences. Life
just takes a dramatic turn with the arrival of your little one. Priorities
change just as quickly. Your first priority now is to feed the baby.
All of you know the importance of breastfeeding your baby. If you have just
had your first baby, you probably want to know the best breast-feeding position
for you baby.
Holding your Baby
Generally, there are four main comfortable positions for breast-feeding
your baby. A breast-feeding mother can pick a breast-feeding position
that suits her best.
Hold: This is a position that most mothers use. Place the
baby in your lap with its head in the crook of your arm. Gently turn
the baby so that her chest is placed against yours to allow easy access
to the nipple.
Cross-cradle Hold: This position
is similar to the cradle hold breast feeding position except that
you hold the baby’s head in your hand to direct it toward the
Football Hold: In this position,
you hold the baby by your side with the legs under your arms. Hold
the baby like you would hold a football under your arm and turn her
head toward the breast. Direct the breast toward the baby with the
other hand. This breast feeding position is handy if you had a cesarean
section, have sore nipples, or blocked ducts. This position is also
recommended for feeding twins.
Lying Down: You will feel more comfortable
in this position for nighttime feeding of your baby. Place your baby
by your side, facing you as you lie down. Gently guide your breast
in the direction of the baby’s mouth. Ensure that the baby is
able to breathe properly.
Whatever breastfeeding position you use, you should feed
from both the breasts alternately; otherwise, the unused breast may develop
Making the Baby Latch On
It is an important aspect of breast-feeding. If your baby does
not latch on properly, she may not get adequate food and you nipples may
get sore. Here are some steps to ensure that your baby latches on correctly.
Place your baby in one of the above four positions. Support your
breast with your fingers under the breast and the thumb on top. Alternately,
you can position your fingers and thumb on either side of the breast.
Gently turn the baby in your direction and tickle her lips with
the nipple. Your baby will open her mouth.
As she opens her mouth, guide the breast in her mouth making sure
that the baby grasps the areola (the dark area around the nipple)
and the nipple well. This will help the baby suckle comfortably. Support
the breast, so that it does not slip out of the baby’s mouth.
No part of the breast should block the baby’s nose. If it
does, gently press the breast away to allow free passage of air. The
baby’s body should be facing the breast to ensure that her neck
is under no strain.
If the baby has not latched well, gently press a finger on the corner
of the mouth to break the suction. Pull your breast out and put it
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