Different Breastfeeding Positions

July 5, 2022 Off By Jim Boyd

What is breastfeeding?

Breastfeeding is the action of feeding a baby with milk from the breast, of its mother. Breastfeeding has several health benefits. Breastfeeding supplies all the necessary nutrients in the proper proportions, protects the baby against allergies, sickness, and obesity, protects against diseases like diabetes and cancer and is easily digested and no problems like constipation or upset stomach are likely to occur. Just like how there are advantages to breastfeeding, there are several ways to breastfeed. Some of the best way to breastfeed are cradle hold position, lying on your side position, laid-back nursing position and the rugby hold or the clutch position.

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Cradle hold position

The cradle hold breastfeeding position is considered the most popular and common breastfeeding position. If you want to breastfeed your baby using the cradle hold, sit in a comfy chair with armrests, or a bed with cushions surrounding you. During this position, lie your baby across your lap, facing you. Then, place your baby’s head on your forearm, with their face towards your nipple. Third, place your baby’s lower arm under yours and make sure that your baby’s ear, shoulder and hip are in a straight line.

Lying on your side position

If you had a caesarean or difficult delivery, lying on your side while breastfeeding is a suitable position. Lie on your side with your baby lying down facing you. Also, make sure that your baby’s ear, shoulder and hip are in a straight line and not twisted. Then place cushions behind you for support. Place a baby blanket behind your baby. Then, tuck the arm you’re lying on under your head or pillow. 

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Laid-back nursing position

Laid-back breastfeeding is also known as “biological nursing”. This position is when the mother is lying back in a semi-reclined position on a sofa or bed. This position can be used even if the mother had a caesarean section. This is because your baby lies across you and away from your incision. 

Rugby hold, or the ‘clutch’ position

The rugby or clutch breastfeeding position is a suitable position when feeding twins. This is because, when in this position, the mother is able to feed both babies at the same time. At the same time, the rugby hold position does not put pressure on the caesarean section or tummy. For this breastfeeding position, sit in a chair with a cushion by your side. Then, position your babies facing each other, under your arm, with their hips close to your hips. 

best way to breastfeed

In conclusion, there are four common breastfeeding positions. The four breastfeeding positions are the cradle hold position, lying on your side position, laid-back nursing position and the rugby hold or clutch position. For more information, click here