Seven Breastfeeding Positions that will Improve Your Ability to Nurse Your Baby

If you are having problems breastfeeding your baby, they are likely caused by improper latch of the baby’s mouth onto your nipple. Trying different breastfeeding positions is a great way to remedy this. 

We are going to look at seven different positions that can definitely help solve some of your breastfeeding problems. 

The Cradle Hold 

Hold your infant so his head rests where your elbow bends. Cup your breast with your free hand and place your thumb above your nipple in the area where the baby’s nose will rest. Place your index finger underneath the nipple, where his chin will be. Compressing the breast allows the baby to latch. 

The Side-Lying Position 

Great for late night feedings – begin by lying so you and your baby are facing one another. Position yourself so your breast is directly in front of your infant’s mouth. If the baby won’t latch, cupping your breast with your free hand will help. 

The Laid Back, or Biological Nursing, Position 

This is one of the best breastfeeding positions as it utilizes gravity to help your baby latch on. Begin by reclining into supportive pillows and allowing the infant to lay flat on his tummy against you. With his head near your breast, the infant will naturally latch on. You can also direct your breast towards his mouth to aid in latching. 

The Laid Back Position 

This position is quite similar to the previous one. Lift your body up onto your elbow so the breast is hanging slightly over the baby’s mouth. You can cup your breast, guide your baby to the breast, or combine the two to get the perfect latch. 

The Football Position 

This is one of the breastfeeding positions that works best for mothers who have had a C-section. Hold your baby facing you with his legs tucked underneath your arm, just like holding a football. Support the infants head with one hand and use the opposite hand to cup your breast, the same way as described for the cradle hold.  

A breastfeeding pillow works well with this position and can help make latching on more comfortable for both baby and mother.  

The Crossover Position 

If nursing from the right breast, support your baby’s head with your left hand, resting the wrist between the baby’s shoulder blades while holding the head with the same hand. Using your opposite hand, cup the breast, allowing your infant to latch on. Of the many breastfeeding positions, this one often gives you more flexibility in controlling the latch. 

The Koala Position 

Make the baby sit straddling one leg while she is facing the breast. Allow the baby to lean into your arm on that side while cupping your breast with the other hand. This allows the baby more freedom of movement and the ability to latch on quickly.