5 breastfeeding poses
1. Relaxed feeding or reclining position
A relaxed feeding position, also known as biological feeding, 1 often becomes the first posture for most mothers. If immediately after birth, the baby is placed on the mother’s chest or stomach, normally he instinctively reaches for his chest and tries to grab the nipple. This phenomenon is known as the maternal breast search reflex. Skin-to-skin contact stimulates the infant’s nutritional instinct, and gravity helps him to capture the chest and maintain balance.
But in the reclining position, you can feed not only newborns – this pose is perfect for kids of any age. It can be especially useful if the baby does not grab the breast well in other poses or does not like touching the head while feeding, and also if you have too much milk flow or too big breasts. Isabelle, a mother from the UK, shares her experience: “I had a big breast, and the baby was born small – 2.7 kg, so at first it was not easy to find a comfortable pose. After a few weeks, it became clear that the “right” pose did not exist for me. As a result, I most often fed while lying with my baby on my chest. ”
It is more convenient to feed not lying flat on your back, but half sitting, leaning on pillows. So you will have support for the back and you can watch the baby during feeding.
A mother is nursing her baby in the reclined position
2. The pose of the “cradle”
This is a classic pose that comes to mind first when it comes to
goes about breastfeeding. Mom sitting
directly, and the baby lies on her side on her arm, pressing her stomach against her stomach. 3 But although this is a very popular pose, mastering it with newborns is not always easy, because it gives the baby less support. Try to put a pillow under your back, and on your knees, put a special pillow for breastfeeding and lean on it with your hands. So you can more reliably support the child without overstressing the back and shoulders. Just make sure that the baby does not lie too high on the pillow for feeding. The chest should remain at a natural level so that the baby can grab it effortlessly, otherwise inflamed nipples cannot be avoided.
“I fed in the cradle position, because it fit me perfectly! It was comfortable, and I liked just sitting and looking at my baby, ”recalls Rachel, mother of two children from Italy.
A mother is nursing her baby with the cradle hold
3. Pose “cross cradle”
This posture for breastfeeding looks almost like a “cradle”, but the baby lies on the other hand.3 This provides the baby with support in the neck and shoulders so that he can tilt his head to capture the chest. This pose is great for feeding newborns and just small babies, as well as for children who have poor grip on the chest. Since the child lies completely on the other hand, it becomes easier to control his position and you can straighten the chest with his free hand.
Julie, a mother of two children from the UK, finds this pose very practical: “I usually feed my youngest child in the cross-crib position. So my second hand remains free, and I can simultaneously take care of an older baby. ”
At first, do not hold the child by the head, otherwise you may accidentally press his chin to his chest. Because of this, the child will not be able to deeply grasp the chest, because the nipple will abut him in the base of the tongue, and not in the sky, which will lead to inflammation of the nipples. As the child grows older, this pose becomes more convenient, and he can lean his head on your palm (as shown in the photo above).
A mother is nursing her baby with the cross-cradle hold
4. Breastfeeding from under the arm
In this pose, also known as “grabbing the ball,” the mother sits and the child lies along her arm on the side, legs to the back of the chair (or any other seat) .3 This is another convenient position for breastfeeding newborns – in it you can provide the child has good support, fully control his position and see his face well. And the baby feels safe in close contact with her mother’s body. This pose is especially suitable for those who have had a cesarean section or premature birth, as well as twin moms and women with large breasts.
“When I fed my first daughter, I had a very large K-size breast – twice her head,” recalls Amy, the mother of two children from Australia. – I put towels under each chest because they were very heavy, and I fed my daughter in a pose from under my arm, but only sitting straighter so as not to crush her. This position was also convenient because I had a cesarean section, and I could not put the child on my stomach. ”
5. The pose “lying on its side”
Lying on side pose is ideal for relaxed
feeding at night in bed or on the couch. If you had a cesarean
a section or breaks during childbirth, such a pose may be more convenient than feeding while sitting. 3 In this position, the mother and baby lie next to each other on their side, stomach to stomach.