Good Positions For Breastfeeding

New to the game? Breastfeeding can take some time before you get the hold of it, after which it becomes natural and easy.

All you have to do is try different breast positions until you find one that suits you and your baby, after which you can keep using the method.

These are some good positions for breastfeeding your baby, these can make breastfeeding easy and comfortable for both you and your child.

1. The Cradle Hold

Most mothers use this method, cradle your baby’s head with the crook of your arm, rest your feet on something. Hold your baby in your lap so that she’s lying on her side with her face, stomach, and knees directly facing you. Tuck her lower arm under your own and rest her head in the crook of your arm. Turn your baby on his or her side, so that your baby is belly to belly to you. Then, raise your baby to your breast. You can support your breast with your other hand.

2. The Cross Cradle or Crossover Hold

This is almost similar to the cradle hold, but your arms are positioned differently. Instead of supporting your baby’s head in the crook of your arm, use the hand of that arm to support your breast. Your other arm should come around the back of your baby. With your thumb and index finger behind his head and below his ears, guide his mouth to your breast. Your baby will be belly to belly with you just like the cradle hold

3. Side-Lying Position

This position is comfortable for mothers who’ve had a caesarean section, so that the baby won’t rest on the mother’s belly, also many mothers find lying down to nurse a comfortable position, especially at night. Lie on your side with your baby on his or her side too, facing you. The baby can be cradled in your arm with his back along your forearm, or you can support the baby with a pillow so that he will not roll away from you, then use a thin pillow or folded towel under your rib cage to lift your body slightly. You can then support your breast with your other hand.


4. The clutch or football hold

This is a also a good position for a mother who’ve had a caesarean section. as it keeps the baby away from the incision. Mothers with twins who want to feed at the same time can also used this position. It also helps when a mother has a forceful milk ejection reflex (let down) because the baby can handle the flow more easily. Cradle your baby, facing upward in your arm, supported by pillows. Cradle your baby — facing upward in your arm In the clutch position you support your baby’s head in your hand and his back along your arm beside you Using a C-hold (see below), guide her to your nipple, chin first. You can also use pillows again to help bring the baby to the correct height.

Mamalette, you can try different positions until you find one that works for you, and when you finally do, continue using the position until your child grows older and you need to change positions. And whatever position you are using, make sure your child doesn’t have to strain to suck your breasts, make sure she can nurse comfortably without you having to lean towards her.

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Things You Need To Know About Nursing A Premature Baby

Pregnancy is a mystery in that you never know when you’ll give birth, how or what you’ll give birth to, if it happens that your baby arrives early will nursing your premature baby be different? Yes and here are the things you need to know;

A premature baby needs breast milk as breast milk has everything a premature baby needs to be nourished especially since premature babies are more prone to infection due to their immature immune system.

Your breast is totally up to the task though, milks produced by moms of preemies are very rich in proteins and has slightly different fats than later breast milk.

Meanwhile your baby won’t be able to unite with your baby immediately as your baby will be placed inside the incubator that means you can’t breastfeed your baby directly but you can pump. After pumping the breast milk an hospital staff will feed the expressed breast milk to your baby through a nasogastric (NG) tube (known as gavage). This ensures your baby take enough breast milk as preemies are usually too small to suck directly from the breast.

At the hospital, the doctors might want to supplement with formula to increase your baby’s calorie intake, if you don’t have a problem with breast milk supply remind your doctor that breast milk is the best for your child and since you don’t have a problem with your flow there’s no need for supplementing feeds. You might want to be expressing and freezing to keep up your breast milk flow (pump every 2-3 hours) and ensuring there’s always milk for your baby.



When your baby finally starts nursing directly from your breast be prepared for a test. Sucking out milk from your breast won’t be easy since your baby is already used to getting milk from the bottle which is easier. You can try different breastfeeding positions or buy a nursing supplementer (attach the tiny tube to your breast) so your baby can get milk from it and your breast as well until they finally adjust to sucking from just your breast.

If you’re having trouble breastfeeding your premature baby, ask for help from the nurses and doctors in your hospital. Breast milk is the best for preemie babies but your family and friends may not understand and therefore suggest that you switch to formula to save yourself the trouble. If you have to pump round the clock, do it, it’s the best you can do for your preemie baby.

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