There are several different positions you can try when nursing your baby. No matter what position(s) you choose, SmartMomma does recommend one thing. Get a Breastfeeding pillow ! The Boppy Luxe pillow is the most popular and allows easy access. It can also be used to prop baby up in a comfortable position; however, do not leave your baby unattended on the Boppy pillow.
The Cradle Hold
The easiest and most popular nursing position with all moms, no matter the size of baby, is the cradle hold. After sitting, cradle your baby with his head at your elbow. Use your other hand to support his buttocks. Turn your baby to the side and raise his head to your breast. For added support, add a breastfeeding pillow or several pillows between your arms and lap. A foot stool may add an element of comfort too.
The Clutch or Football Hold
The most popular nursing position with new moms with cesareans is the football hold. This position works well for small babies (newborn). Just like the name, in this hold, you will hold your baby like a football. After sitting, place a pillow at your back. Extend your lower arm, wrist up. Place the baby’s head in your palm so that she is looking up at you. Put each leg on either side of your elbow. Bring your baby’s head towards your breast and begin nursing.
With this hold, you can easily view your baby’s latching on. A breastfeeding pillow helps to make this an easy position to nurse with.
The Lying Cradle Hold or Side-Lying Position
This position is most comfortable for moms who had a recent c-section or for sleepy moms in the middle of the night. Lie down on your side with your baby next to you facing up. His head should be level with your breast. Turn him on his side facing you. Use your lower arm to cradle his back, with his head cradles at the inside of your elbow. Be sure not to fall asleep unless you are in a safe place for the baby. Avoid this hold on a soft bed or a bed in which your baby can fall.
The Crossover or Cross-Cradle Hold
This position is ideal for the baby that is having trouble latching on. Lie on your side with your baby next to you facing up. Her head should be level with your breast. Turn her on her side facing you. Hold the baby with your top arm so that her neck rests in your hand with your thumb and fingers supporting the back of her head and your arm supporting her back. Lift the baby toward your breast.
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