Though the concept of breastfeeding may be a tinge simple, it does not come in a natural manner. If you are aware about the best positions for breastfeeding newborn, then it can prevent problems and endure a reward and satisfying experience.
Cross cradle hold
It is one of the best positions for breastfeeding. You are seated in a comfortable chair with armrests. The baby is held in the crook of the arm, across the breast from where you are feeding them. The back of the baby’s head should be held in your open hand. One may have to guide the mouth of the baby to the breast. Once this position has been perfected you can try the cradle hold.
The cradle hold
As the baby is cradled on the lap, the mother should be lying on the side, with the mouth on a level with your nipple. If the need arises ,you can use the pillows to lift the baby and support the elbows. Pillow support is needed in the first few weeks when the baby is small and you may also need to support your breasts. Some form of breast supporting techniques may be useful.
To figure out whether the baby has latched on properly, their mouth should cover half inch of the dark area, around the nipple. To ensure that they are resting comfortably , ensure that the bottom and head is on level with each other.
Laid back breastfeeding
In this position you will lie down on a couch or bed, which supports your shoulders or head. Having plenty of support and being comfortable is the key. Rest in any position which makes you feel comfortable. The cheek of the baby should rest on the breast and then guided to the nipple.
The position of clutch
Women who had an experience of Cesarean may find this position to be very comfortable because the baby is kept away from the incision. The head of the baby is supported by hand and the arm will support their back. The other arm is used to support your breast as the baby should be facing you with nipple height. If the baby is small pillows may be needed to bring the baby to the desired height.
Side lying position
This is one of the most comfortable positions in the first few weeks when you need to rest, more so at night. In this position the mom and the baby lay on sides facing each other. For maximum comfort you can use pillows behind your back or on the knees.
Whatever type of breastfeeding position you may go on to choose, it takes only a minute for the process of breastfeeding to begin. Once the baby latches on to the nipple, the breasts will reflexively let out milk. You will be aware of when the baby is swallowing as a sound will be visible.
If you encounter any problems associated with breastfeeding or your baby is eating enough, then consult your health service provider who can guide you.