Breastfeeding positions for comfort and attachment
When you’re learning to breastfeed, it’s best to start with baby-led attachment. While sitting, lean back and get comfy, with pillows for support. 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. Encourage baby to lie more to one side, supported on pillows but angled away from your wound. Keep baby’s feet supported.
You can also do mother-led attachment. Sit in a chair with good back support. You might need pillows to prop up your arms while you support your baby. Make sure baby isn’t higher than the level of your nipples. 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. You can feed twins together in this position. It can also help if you have sore nipples.
More options and ideas for breastfeeding
In the first weeks, it can 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 first at mothers’ group, or with friends and family. It’s your legal right to feed your baby in any place at any time.