Nursing Mother? Check these 5 Breastfeeding Positions

Human milk is uniquely superior for infant feeding. All other substitute feeding preparations differ markedly from it. It reduces the incidence and severity of infectious diseases. It provides physical warmth and improves cognitive performance in later life. It further boosts child’s immune system.

It’s therefore worthy to know the techniques for proper breastfeeding. Isn’t it? Well! This article will pass you through the five must know breastfeeding positions for nursing mothers.

1) Stomach-to-stomach position

In stomach-to-stomach position, the mother sits comfortably, be it on a bed or chair holding her baby next to the breast with head propped up by mother’s arm. The baby’s stomach should be in the same plane, flat against mother’s stomach. This skin-to-skin contact helps the child maintain a normal body temperature.

2) Football-hold position

This is another option. It is the preferred position when recovering from cesarean section or if the mother has large breasts, as less pressure is exerted on mother’s abdomen. The baby is held besides the mother such that the head is supported by mother’s open hand and feet pointed to the mother’s elbow. Then the baby’s back rests on mother’s forearm and while facing your child, present your breast for the baby to suck. Support your breast using the other hand in a C-shaped hold. For comfort ability, you may place a pillow on your thighs or sit on an extra wide arm chair.

3) Cradle-hold position

In this position, the mother’s thumb of one hand is placed above the nipple and the remaining fingers under the breast to form a C or V shape. The baby should face your breast with his/her head on your elbow while your other arm supporting him/her on the same nursing side. This is necessary for adequate suckling.

4) Scissor-grasp position

Just like how its name sounds, in scissor grasp position, mother’s thumb and index finger are placed above the nipple and the remaining three fingers below assuming a scissor shape. The only caution is; be sure not to tip the nipple upwards or anyhow interfere the child’s ability to place a sufficient portion of the nipple into his or her mouth. If correctly done, this position gives a proper breastfeeding latch.

5) Side-lying hold position

Side-lying is the position of choice when a mother is tired but awake. Lie with your child preferably on a bed, facing each other. Then with your one hand, support your baby on his/her back. Grasp your nipple with the other hand and present the nursing breast on your baby’s lips. Once the baby catches, use the same hand to support your own head and the remaining to help keeping the baby closer.

It is therefore crucial to understand correct breastfeeding techniques to make sure you do not under supply milk to your child either due to irregular or incomplete removal of milk. Positioning the baby is one of the most fundamental components to successful breastfeeding.