You and your child each have different needs, which is why a particular nursing pattern may not be suitable for all moms and babies.
There are numerous diverse breastfeeding positions, from the football hold to the cross-cradle hold. It is a good idea to try a different breastfeeding position as time goes on. This allows your breast to become fully empty and disrupts conditions such as mastitis.
Keep on reading to know more about the best breastfeeding position for you and your baby.
1. The Cross-Cradle Hold
This is one of the best breastfeeding positions in case you are feeding your baby for the first time. Look for a comfortable chair with good arm rests, and sit upright. Bring your child across the front part of your body, with his/her stomach touching yours.
Hold your baby’s body in the crook of your arm, directly opposite the breast you are going to feed from. Use the left arm for the right breast and the right arm for the left breast. Support your baby’s head with your hand open, and use the other hand to support your breast from underneath in a u-shaped hold.
Carefully guide your child’s mouth to your breast leaning forward or bending over. You will also want to cradle her closer to your breast.
This is a great position in case your baby is finding it hard latching on. Since it makes it easier for you to properly guide your baby’s head into a more suitable position by supporting the back of his/her neck between your thumb and fingers.
2. The Cradle Hold
This is closely related to the cross-cradle hold, however, in this position you support your baby with your arm which is on the same side as the breast of a nursing mother.
Always ensure to sit up straight in a comfortable chair with armrests, and properly cradle your child in your arm with his head resting comfortably in the crook of your elbows as he/she faces your breast.
Ensure your baby’s head is appropriately aligned with the rest of his/her body, and not turned over to the side. You could also lay a breastfeeding pillow carefully across your lap to get comfort and additional support.
3. The Football Hold
In case you are recovering from a c-section or in case you have big breasts, the football hold position may be a great position to stick to. This position helps in keeping your baby’s weight off your abdomen.
With your elbow properly bent, hold your child beside you, aligned with your waist. Support your child’s head with your hand, and make her face your breast.
Her back would rest on your forearm as if you are holding a football or a clutch bag.
Support your breast with your second hand in a c-shape.
This position is also recommended for premature babies.
The breastfeeding experience is different from one woman to another, and it is also alright to have a slow beginning. The more you eat, the easier it will become, and you and your baby can both enjoy all the benefits of breastfeeding. More so, you can visit a lactation consultant or your local healthcare provider if you have any concerns or further questions.