Breastfeeding Positions for your Baby’s Style

Breastfeeding Positions for your Baby’s StyleFinding the most comfortable way to breastfeed may be mostly dependent on how your baby likes to feed. Once you and your baby find your breastfeeding rhythm, you’ll learn your baby’s style. Chances are she’ll have a favorite position and will let you know it pretty quickly. Here are some tips on figuring out the breastfeeding positions for your baby’s style.


The traditional cradle position lays your baby across your lap while her head is supported by the arm on the same breast side she is nursing. This breastfeeding position maximizes your skin to skin contact because your baby’s body intersects with yours length-wise. It also frees one hand to caress your baby so it’s ideal for babies who like a lot of touch and sensation during nursing. Cradle is often better for babies one month or older who are experts at latching quickly and efficiently.


Similar to cradle, your baby lies across your lap. But in cross-cradle you hold your baby with the opposite arm as the breast she is nursing and support her head with the hand on the same side breast. Again, you get lots of opportunity for skin-to-skin contact with cross-cradle. Newborns and smaller babies often enjoy cross-cradle because of the added support and help with positioning for a proper latch.


In the football hold you position your baby to the side of the nursing breast. She will lie face up under your upper arm while your lower arm supports her body. Your hand tips her head towards your nipple for latching. The football hold is great for moms who have had a c-section as it does not lay your baby across your incision site. Also, if your baby needs more direction in finding the nipple and remaining latched, the football hold gives you extra control.


The dangle position allows your baby to lie on a flat surface while you hover over her and dangle your breast into her mouth. This breastfeeding position helps if you have slow let-downs or if you have a plugged duct as gravity will be on your side. Also, babies who prefer to lie independently rather than in mom’s arms enjoy this position.


Side-lying or reclining allows you and your baby to lie side-by-side on a bed, couch or the floor. As your baby faces you, you can align your breast to her mouth for nursing. This is great for relaxation, feeding in bed or for nursing before or after cuddling. If you and your baby are co-sleeping, reclining is a wonderful way to nurse to help both of you get the most sleep. Often babies nurse in the reclining position without waking up.

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Sources: BabyCenter and Parents