There are many different positions in which you can breastfeed your baby. Finding the correct position will take time and patience.
Cradle - this is the most common position.
- Hold your baby in your lap (you can place the baby on a pillow for better support
- Line their nose with your nipple
- Extend your forearm and hand down his/her back to support his/her neck, spine and butt
- The baby's body from ear to their knees should be aligned facing you. You can tuck their lower arm under yours
Cross-Cradle - this position is different than the cradle in that your arms switch roles. If your feeding from the right breast you will be using your left arm to hold your baby.
Baby-Led - in this position you are semi-reclined (either on a couch or bed). This position helps with your baby's natural instincts where he/she uses his/her senses to find food.
- Allow your baby to snuggle on your chest - keep him/her close
- Place the front of your baby's body touching the front of your body
- Let the baby's cheek rest close to your breast
- Offer your baby help when needed
Clutch Hold - in this position your baby is going to be tucked under your arm. Place a pillow under your baby to help support him/her and bring your baby closer to your nipple.
Side-laying - in this position you are laying down on your side and you are bringing your baby close to you. This position allows you to rest while your baby feeds.
- Pull your baby close and facing you
- Guide your baby's mouth to your nipple
- Support your baby's back with your forearm or place a rolled towel behind his/her back