Breastfeeding positions for comfort and attachment
When you’re learning to breastfeed, it’s best to start with baby-led attachment. Sit with your back well supported. Lean back and get comfy. Lie baby between your breasts, skin to skin, supported by your arms. Baby will move towards one breast and start feeding.
If you’ve had a caesarean, you can still do baby-led attachment. Lie on one side and hold your baby behind their back and shoulders, but not their head. Keep your baby angled away from your wound.
You can do mother-led attachment. Sit upright in a chair with good back support. Hold your baby along your forearm behind their back, shoulders and bottom, but not their head. Bring your baby to your breast, with your baby’s nose just above your nipple. You can rest your feet on a footstool to keep your lap flat.
Breastfeeding positions to try
Once you’re going well with breastfeeding, you can try different breastfeeding positions. This is the classic front hold or cradle position, often used with mother-led attachment.
Here’s the underarm position or football hold. Tuck your baby close to your body, under your arm. Use a pillow for support. This position is good if you’re feeding twins together, you’ve had a caesarean, or you have sore nipples.
The lying down position is good for night feeds and afternoon rests or for mothers who’ve had a caesarean.
More options and ideas for breastfeeding
In the first weeks, it can often be easier to feed twins separately. But soon you can try feeding them together in the twin hold. Some mums feed separately, others together, and most do a mix.
If you want to breastfeed when you’re out, you could practise at mothers’ group, a local ABA support group or with friends and family. It’s your legal right to feed your baby in any place at any time.
Breastfeeding in public gets easier with practice. It can help to wear a top that you can lift for feeding. If your baby doesn’t mind being covered, you could put a light scarf or cloth over your shoulder while you feed.
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