Breastfeeding positions; Bonding with your baby
Be patient with yourself as you learn to breastfeed. Know that breastfeeding takes practice. Give yourself 2 to 3 weeks to get the hang of it.
Learn how to position your baby to breastfeed. Know how to hold your baby in different positions so your nipples do not get sore and so you empty your breasts of milk.
You will be more comfortable nursing if you know how to position your baby on your breast. Find a position that works well for you and your baby. Learn about breastfeeding:
Types of Breastfeeding Positions
This hold works best for babies who have developed head control. Some new mothers have trouble guiding the baby's mouth to their breast in this hold. If you have had a cesarean birth (C-section), your baby may put too much pressure on your stomach in this hold.
Here's how to do the cradle hold:
Use the football hold if you had a C-section. This hold is good for babies that have trouble latching on because you can guide their head. Women with large breasts or flat nipples also like the football hold.
SIDE LYING POSITION
Use this position if you had a C-section or a hard delivery that makes it hard for you to sit up. You can use this position when you are lying in bed.
Take Care of Your Nipples
Your nipples naturally make a lubricant to prevent drying, cracking, or infections. In order to keep your nipples healthy:
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Office on Women's Health website. US Department of Health and Human Services. Breastfeeding. www.womenshealth.gov/breastfeeding/learning-breastfeed/preparing-breastfeed. Updated August 27, 2018. Accessed December 2, 2018.
Review Date: 9/25/2018
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