Although breastfeeding is natural, the best way to do it isn’t always obvious. You might need to experiment a bit from newborn onwards to find the best breastfeeding positions for you and your baby.
Experts recommend you vary breastfeeding positions to:
- Stimulate every area of the breast
- Avoid breastfeeding pain by putting pressure on different parts of the nipple
Here are a few breastfeeding positions you can try:
To get started, put your baby on a cushion with their chin touching your breast, and their ears, shoulders and hips in a straight line.
Lying on the side
You and your baby lie on your sides facing each other with pillows protecting your baby’s back and your head. Your baby’s head is on your arm or on the bed. This position allows you to relax and stay in bed while you breastfeed.
Baby faces you with their head in your arms and their body lying sideways on a breastfeeding cushion. You sit up with a pillow behind your back, which should be straight and relaxed.
Baby lies next to you on a cushion while you support their back with your arm. This is a good position following a caesarean.
Baby is supported by a breastfeed cushion and positioned under your arm. They lie on their side with their body facing yours.
You sit in a semi-reclined position with a pillow supporting your back while your baby lies on your stomach. It’s the perfect position if you’re experiencing breastfeeding pain.
You’ll know breastfeeding is going well when:
- A big part of the areola is covered by the baby’s mouth and lips
- Baby’s inferior lip is folded towards the exterior
- Baby’s tongue is positioned under the nipple
- You can see a movement near your baby’s forehead and ears when they start sucking and swallowing
- Baby feeds at their own pace: they suck for a few seconds, stop to swallow and then start again
- You can hear your baby swallowing the milk