- Cradle hold – this is a classic breastfeeding position, which requires you to hold your baby across your lap horizontally or at a slight angle, cradling her/ his head with the crook of your arm. Extend your forearm and hand to support her neck, spine and bottom. This is a position which works well for full-term babies and best for babies at about 1 months old when they have stronger neck muscles and it’s easier to guide their mouth to the nipple.
- Cross-over or cross-cradle hold – the difference between this position and the cradle hold is that you don’t support your baby’s head with the crook of your arm which is also supporting his/ her back and bottom, but instead use your other arm. For instance, if you’re nursing from your left breast, use your right hand to hold your baby. This position may work well for small babies who have trouble latching on
- Side lying or reclining position – in this position you are nursing while lying on your side in bed. It helps if you have pillows behind you for support and under your head and shoulders and sometimes one between your bent knees. Draw your baby close and cradle his/ her head. You should keep your back and hips aligned, not bend towards your baby, while he/ she shouldn’t strain to reach your nipple. This position is great if you are recovering from a caesarean or difficult delivery or if you are nursing in bed at night or during the day.
- The clutch or rugby ball hold – in this position you are holding your baby under your arm, tucking him/her like a football or handbag. Your baby should be positioned under your arm, facing you with her mouth and her feet pointing towards your back. Support your baby’s shoulders, neck and head and guide her/him to your nipple, chin first. This position works well if you have had a Caesarean section and it might prove easier if you have large breasts, flat nipples, or if you have twins (in which case the position is called twins hold and you will be using a cushion under your babies as you gently support them with your hand on their upper backs).
- Koala hold: straddle your baby across one of your legs and support her/ him while breastfeeding.
- Laid back breastfeeding – you are semi-reclining in this position and your baby is lying on his/her tummy across your stomach whilst breastfeeding
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