Although breastfeeding is a natural way to nourish your baby, it’s a way of feeding which both you and your baby must learn together. It is advisable to try different positions before you decide what is best for you and your baby.
Start slowly and calmly.
It may take a while to find out what works best for you and your baby. Success takes practice and proper positioning.
How to hold your baby while breastfeeding?
After you experiment with different breastfeeding positions, you’ll arrive at what’s most comfortable for both of you. There are several positions that you can try:
Cradle hold –the most common position.
- Sit upright and place your baby on her side across your lap, facing you.
- Support your baby’s head, back and bottom with your arm, then move her face near your breast.
- Brush her mouth or cheek with your nipple.
- When your baby begins to suck, make sure she takes enough of your nipple and areola in her mouth to properly latch on.
This position is most helpful if you’ve had a caesarean delivery, since for some weeks after delivery it may not be possible to have the baby on your stomach. It is also helpful in case you have large breasts or if you are breastfeeding twins. This position also helps if you have plugged milk ducts, as it helps the baby empty the ducts at the bottom of the breasts.
- Tuck your baby under your arm. (Picture the way a football player tucks a ball under his arm.)
- Hold your baby’s head and neck in your hand. Let her feet extend towards your back.
- Use a pillow to support your arm and use your free hand to direct your baby’s mouth to your breast.
Many hospitals suggest this position if you have had a caesarean delivery.
- Lie on your side with your baby on her side, facing you.
- Position your baby’s head at your lower breast.
- When she’s attached to your breast, use your lower arm to support your head.
Precautions while breast feeding:
- Ensure that the baby can breathe through her nose.
- Ensure sleeping surfaces are soft with loose bedding and conditions in which your baby can fall safely.
- Ensure heating appliances are kept at safe distances.
This is the most important time for you and your baby as these moments are going to build the bond of lifetime between you birth. Take the right decision to ensure health and happiness for your baby.