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Breastfeeding Positions

There are many breastfeeding positions you can learn. Once you have tried a few, you can find the most comfortable for you and your baby. Breastfeeding is a very natural way to nourish your baby during the first 12 months of his or her life. 

In some women breastfeeding comes easy and they feel comfortable using many breastfeeding positions, in others the skill has to be acquired through the help of a lactation consultant.

Make sure you are eating a healthy diet and drinking a lot of water as you need to make sure your milk supply is optimal. Taking Nature's Milk Drops will help increase your milk supply and your baby will be happier on the breast.

Do not struggle on your own while trying to get your baby to latch, get help immediately!

Your baby needs to learn as soon as possible (the best time is a few moments after birth) to get on the breast the proper way.

A lactation consultant will provide breastfeeding training before birth, right after birth to ensure proper latching. Getting help during the first week after birth will help reduce breastfeeding pain, mastitis and other problems.

Your breastfeeding training should be completed at least one month before the baby is due.

A little breastfeeding pain at the beginning is normal, but it can be minimized by having the right tools and support.

Benefits Of Learning Different Breastfeeding Positions

As you become more and more comfortable with having your baby at the breast, you will chose the breastfeeding position that works for you.

In the beginning, you will find useful trying different position, especially if you experience pain and your baby has difficulty latching.

The following is a short list of the benefits of learning and trying the different breastfeeding positions available:

1. Less breastfeeding pain

2. Your baby will be more content

3. You will fell more relaxed

4. You will be able to nurse longer

5. Your baby will not want to nurse often

 When you learn the best breastfeeding position for you and your baby, your breastfeeding experience will be a positive one.

Preventing Pain

It is all in the latch!

How you position your baby while breastfeeding is very important. When your baby is properly latched on your breast, you might feel pain for about one minute. This is due to your baby pulling the nipple into her mouth. Once she begins suckling, you will feel the initial pulling and then the breastfeeding pain will stop.

It the nipple pain continues, stop feeding your baby and re-position her on your breast.

If your baby learns the wrong way to latch on your breast, you will continue to experience pain and you will develop cracked sore nipples. If you are not sure about the latch and you feel pain, ask for help.

Sometimes baby suckle the tip of the nipple and never get the entire portion of the areola into their mouth. These babies will not get enough milk and will be hungry within one hour and will constantly want to feed. You will have breastfeeding pain and your baby will not be getting enough nourishment at each feed.

Try to see if a different breastfeeding position will help re-train your baby to latch on properly.

Breastfeeding is very natural and very innate. The training really takes less than an hour if you have the proper support. When my daughter was born, the breastfeeding consultant put her on my breast a few minutes after birth.

That's it, she was trained! She learned the proper latch, because she was shown how to properly latch right at birth. I had to learn the different breastfeeding positions in order to find the most comfortable way for me to nurse her, but she was great! The entire process  took literally about one hour. I had followed a prenatal breastfeeding class before her birth and that really made a huge different.

With my first son, things went a lot different. We struggled with breastfeeding for weeks. I developed cracked, bleeding, and very sore nipples. I had two mastitis, engorged breasts and blocked ducts.

I also had high fever and I was crying all the time because of the breastfeeding pain. My son was constantly hungry, he had to be put on formula for supplementation for a short period of time because he was not gaining enough weight. All because of the latch!

Once we found help, he learned how to latch properly and after that, all was well. He steadily gained weight and he became more content after each feeding. The nipple pain went away and we continued to nurse for many months without problems.

With my last son, it was the easiest! He was properly put on my breast right after birth like his sister, and I had no breastfeeding pain at all. He never lost weight and never had formula. It is amazing how a little training can go a long way!

If you are planning on breastfeeding your baby, learn the correct latch with the best breastfeeding position and your breastfeeding experience will be a great way to bond with your baby.

There are different breastfeeding positions. The following are the most commonly used positions for breastfeeding:

Cross-Cradle Hold For Small Babies

Hold your baby using your left hand if you are going to put your baby to nurse from your right breast. Use the other hand for the other breast.

Hold your baby securely using your hand and your entire arm. The baby should be facing you with his chest and his tummy touching your tummy.

To properly hold your baby, put your fingers behind his head just at the base of his occipital area just below the ears. This way will allow you to guide his mouth to your nipple with ease.

The Cradle Hold For Older Babies

Support your baby in the fold of your arm. Use a breastfeeding pillow at first by placing it firmly on your lap. The baby's face, tummy and knees should be facing you. His hips should be in line with your tummy, while his nose and your nipple should line up.

This breastfeeding position is most suited for large or older babies and it may not be easy to achieve with small and premature babies.

This is one of those breastfeeding positions, many mothers use when the baby is about three months old and has stronger neck support. If you had a C-section, try to avoid this position at the beginning.

Football Hold For C-Section

Just like its name, this nursing position requires that you hold your baby as if you were holding a football. This is accomplished by positioning the baby at your side making sure that his nose is at the same level as your nipple.

If you are feeding him on your right breasts, hold him by resting his body on your right arm and with your right hand hold his neck and supporting his head.

It is best to rest your harm on a pillow, which should be positioned at your right side. Now, with your left hand support your right breast.

This breastfeeding position is great for mothers who had a C-section or that are going to breastfeed twins.

The above picture shows you a woman nursing twins. One twin is in the football hold (right), while the other is in the cradle hold (left), almost upright position.

Side-Lying For Night Time Feeding

You can use this breastfeeding position if you want to nurse your baby while lying on your side in bed or on a couch. Make sure to keep your body in a straight line.

Put the baby right on the bed facing you and hold his head with your harm. Keep his head and body as close as possible to your body and do not let him reach with his neck while nursing.

Also, try not to bend over to accommodate your baby because this can put a lot of strain on your back and shoulders. Keep a straight line at all times.

This breastfeeding position is recommended for mothers who had a difficult delivery, a C-section and who are very weak and tired after delivery.

It is also great to use at night if you and your baby choose to co-sleep.

Learning how to hold and support your baby in a comfortable position is the key to successful breastfeeding.

Before you learn how to put your baby on the breast make sure that you are comfortable.

Breastfeeding Rules

These are a few simple rules you need to apply when you first learn how to breastfeed your newborn baby: 

Is Your Body Supported?

Use a breastfeeding pillow to help support the baby so that he is at the same level as your breasts. Use a stool to rest your feet and keep your back supported with a pillow.

Make sure not to bend toward your baby because this can cause shoulder and back problems in the long run. The rule number one in positioning your baby for breastfeeding is bringing your baby to you and check your position often and re-adjusting if necessary to avoid twisting your torso and developing back, neck or shoulder strain. You can use a mirror.

Are Your Breasts Supported?

At the beginning, when your baby is small and you are inexperienced you will need to make sure that your breasts are properly supported. Many call this the C-hold where you make a C with your thumb and index finger and place this under your nursing breast at the level of you ribcage.

Make sure to support your breast so that you are not too close to the nipple: give the baby room to properly latch.

As your baby grows, you will notice that you will find a more comfortable position and that breastfeeding positioning will come very natural.

Is Your Baby Supported?

Use a breastfeeding pillow to achieve a comfortable breastfeeding position. Use your arm and hand, plus pillows or a folded blanket, to support your baby's head, neck, back, and hips and keep them in a straight line.

Make sure your baby's neck is not tilted. If so, your baby will have difficulty swallowing. 

I used the cross-cradle when the baby was just born, then when the baby was around 3 months I switch to the cradle position and at night I used the side-lying only when really tired and kept the baby close to me.

I used the football hold very rarely because It was difficult for me to achieve it correctly.

I also used a breastfeeding pillow in the beginning and drank lots of water before an after each feeding. During the day I would also drink home made fresh juices or smoothies and took herbs to increase milk supply when my babies had growth spurs.

Herbal Remedies To Increase Milk Supply

Sometimes problems with latching and breastfeeding depend on having either a low milk supply or a poor milk quality. This can be due to postpartum stress, mineral deficiency, hereditary factors, poor diet, and low fluid intake.

"Breastfeeding is the most natural way to nurse your baby because it contains live food, antibodies, water, energy and love."

Try to rest as much as possible and try to eat a healthy diet rich in fruits and vegetables. Also, make sure to drink lots of water before breastfeeding.

Do not forget to keep putting your baby on the breast every 2-3 hours to encourage continued stimulation of milk.

Your baby needs to nurse for 20 minutes straight on each side when a newborn in order to stimulate constant milk supply. It will take 24-48 hours for more milk to be produced.

If you need to increase your milk supply consider taking nursing herbal remedy like Nature's Milk Drops. Your milk supply will increase in no time and your milk quality will improve giving your baby breast milk rich in nutrients.

Nature's Milk Drops is a 100% natural remedy containing herbal ingredients specially chosen for their abilities to support lactation and thereby act as an excellent natural breastfeeding stimulant for the nursing mother.

I know for personal experience how hard nursing can be in the beginning, but with the right herbal support it will be the most enjoyable and rewarding experience you will have.

Getting Support

If you are struggling with breastfeeding, get help and learn the correct position right away. This will save you so much time and your baby will be content on the breast right away. I do strongly recommend these instrucitonal videos by Kate Hale.

Kate is a Registered Nurse, Registered Midwife and International Board Certified Lactation Consultant. Kate has spent the last 25 years providing postnatal care to thousands of women in her private practice and in maternity hospitals throughout Australia.

Many Blessings!

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