Breastfeeding Positions for Your Baby
Best breastfeeding positions
Some of the concerns a new mother faces is whether their baby is getting enough milk and whether she is following the best breastfeeding position which is also comfortable for the baby. It must be noted that breastfeeding is a process that may take time for a mother to master. And patience will help you learn it. One easy way to check if your baby is getting sufficient milk is to see if your baby is content after feeding and is steadily gaining weight after first week of age. A baby gains weight of about 18 to 28 grams each day from birth to three months. However, it is normal if your baby loses some weight in the first few weeks.
But the silver lining is that there are different breastfeeding positions that you can use to help you stay comfortable while providing good support to your babies for a good latch. You can try them and find the best breast feeding position for your baby. It might take time to figure out the ideal position, so keep trying different breastfeeding positions till you find one that is comfortable. Remember, what works for one feed may not work for the next.
Here are the top 7 Breast Feeding Positions for New Moms:
It is an easy, common and comfortable position, where you hold the baby with his/her head on your forearm. Your baby’s whole body is facing yours. Here, you position the baby on the arm that is on the same side of the breast you are using.
Cross cradle or transitional hold
In this position, you must hold your baby along the opposite arm from the breast being used. Then, place your palm at the base of your baby’s neck for support. This position is useful for babies with a weak suck or premature babies since it provides extra head support and may help for a good latch.
Football or clutch hold
For this position, you should hold your baby on his/her back, along your side, with the baby in line with your nipple. Provide support to the baby’s head with your palm at the base of the head. This position is useful for mothers who had a C-section delivery, and those with large breasts, and flat or inverted nipples. It also helps to keep your baby’s body away from the C-section incision.
In this position, you should lie down on your side, and keep your baby close to your body and should face the breast. Pull the baby towards you and keep a pillow behind the baby’s back to prevent rolling back. This position is useful for mothers who had a C-section delivery, or those who have difficulty sitting up after a hard delivery, or those who need to catch up on a little rest.