Breastfeeding Positions Guide

Breast milk is the best source of nourishment a baby can get. It is the natural first food for babies that has all the energy and nutrients the infant needs for the first few months of life.  Therefore, new mums are always advised to breastfeed their newborns, at least for the first 24 months. Furthermore, the hormones released during nursing is proven to help new mums suffering from postpartum depression speed up their recovery.  

That said, many new mums may still find it difficult to breastfeed their babies due to several reasons. For instance, not knowing the right ways to breastfeed babies is a major problem which often confuses new mums. Research shows that there are a few breastfeeding positions that can help. Let us have a look at them.


The Cross-Cradle Hold

Cross-Cradle holds position is the most common and convenient ways to breastfeed. It allows mums to latch their babies appropriately at their breast. Though it could seem awkward and inconvenient at the outset, practising this position usually turns out to be beneficial for both the mother and the child. 

Find a comfortable place where you can sit upright and feed your baby. Once settled, bring your baby across the front of your body with her tummy touching yours. Use the crook of your arm that is opposite to the breast you’re about to feed your baby from, to cradle the little one. The palm can be used to support the back of the head and form a stronghold. 

Use your free hand to support your breast from the underside forming a u-shaped hold and guide it to the baby’s mouth, helping her latch properly.


Cradle Hold

Cradle hold position is quite similar to the one mentioned above; however, it is suggested that you practice this position to hold your baby when she’s old enough or when you’re more used to holding her. 

While you're practising holding the baby in the cradle position, sit up straight on a comfortable chair with your baby’s head resting comfortably on the crook of your elbow. It is also important to ensure that your baby’s head is aligned completely with the rest of her body. You can take the help of a nursing pillow by keeping it across your lap to make things more comfortable.


Clutch Hold

Clutch position is helpful for new mums who had a Cesarean hold or those who have large breasts. It is an easy position to maintain as your baby’s weight will be off your abdomen, and with your elbow bent, you’ll be able to hold the baby on your waist level. 

Support your little one’s head with one hand and let her face the breast. This way, the baby’s back will rest on your forearm as if you’re holding a clutch. Using the free hand, hold your breast in a C shape and guide it to your baby’s mouth. 

This technique is also very helpful to breastfeed premature babies. 


The Side Lying Hold

If you had a caesarean delivery, chances are that your body feels sore and you want to rest. In such cases, the side-lying position is the most convenient way to breastfeed the newborn. All you need to do is lie down facing the baby and try to position your little one’s head at your lower breast, in line with your nipple. If the need prevails, use your free hand to cup your breast to ensure your baby can latch better. 

The breastfeeding positions mentioned above can help you make your breastfeeding journey a comfortable and satisfying one. Try these positions and let your baby get all the nourishment it requires during the initial days of birth. 

Apart from that, answers to other small things such as “How to sit” to “How to latch the baby on the breast”, etc. might help new mums ensure a comfortable and satisfying breastfeeding journey for themselves.

Happy breastfeeding!