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Breastfeeding Positions - Learn Breastfeeding Positions - Baby Position For Breastfeeding - Breast Feeding Positions
Learning to breast-feed, placing the baby correctly for feeding and the different positions for breastfeeding the baby.

Breastfeeding Positions

When you are a new mother, there are a number of things that you have to learn and teach your baby. One of them is breastfeeding. Motherís milk is the only food for the newborn till the first few months. Therefore, it is important that your child learns the right breastfeeding technique as early as possible, so that he/she doesnít feel hungry after being fed, as some infants do. The mother may have to explore certain breastfeeding positions to determine the one that best suits the child. Below given are a number of positions for breastfeeding the baby.

Baby Positions For Breastfeeding

Traditional Position
Keep a few pillows on your lap; place the baby on them, so that he is on the same level as your breasts. Support his/her head with your forearm in such a way that the rest of his/her body is across your stomach. You can help by cupping his head in your hand (use your right hand for left breast and vice-versa).

Underarm Position
Arrange a few cushions at your side and place the baby on it in such a way that his legs are pointing behind you. Hold your baby in such a way with your right hand that you cradle his/her head, while he/she feeds from your right breast. Women with Caesarean section use this position to avoid pressure on the scar. Twins can be breast-fed together using this position.

Lying Down
Lie on the bed with your head resting on a pillow and place the baby close to you. The bed will give them the support they need. With your free hand bring them to your breast and support them. Keep pillows behind your back to prevent a backache.

Find a position that is comfortable for both you and your baby, so that breast-feeding is easy.

Things to watch for while breastfeeding:
  • Baby tucked close to your body.
  • The chin should be against your breast and stretched upward and not tucked in.
  • Mouth should be open wide and their bottom lip should curl outwards.
  • There should be movement of the face and jaw.
  • Lower lip should take in more of the areola that the upper lip.
  • Cheeks of the baby should not be sucked in.
  • Lip action as if the baby is sucking a straw is a sign of wrong breastfeeding.
Sounds to watch for:
  • Slow and quick sounds of milk being swallowed signals that the suction is right.
  • The baby should not make clicking noises
  • He/she should not smack lips.
You should be able to feel:
  • Being firmly gripped.
  • Letdown reflex, a tingling feeling in the breasts, usually when feeding begins as the milk flows to the baby.
  • Slight pain when the baby begins to suck, in the initial weeks. The pain should not last longer than the initial momentary pain.

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