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Positioning

It is essential that you be comfortable while breastfeeding. positioning
The most common cause of nipple soreness is improper positioning. The infant should be latched onto the breast behind the nipple (the areola). Under the areola are the sinuses, which collect the milk for the feeding. As the baby sucks on the areola, he or she compresses these sinuses and pushes the milk out through the nipple.

Cradle hold

Cradle the baby in the crook of your arm, supporting his or her buttocks or thigh with your same hand. Turn the baby so that his or her chest faces your chest. Support your breast with the opposite hand, holding your thumb above the areola and your fingers below your breast and behind the areola. Gently tickle your baby's lower lip with your nipple until he or she opens his or her mouth as wide as a yawn. Pull him or her to your breast so that his or her nose is just touching your breast.

If the baby is latched onto the areola, his or her jaw is well behind the nipple. To change breasts, insert your finger into his or her mouth to break the suction. This will help prevent sore nipples.

Cross-cradle hold

Instead of holding your baby's head in the bend of your elbow as in the cradle hold, hold him or her with the opposite arm. Your hand should rest between the baby's shoulder blades and support the back of his or her neck and head. Position the baby's face directly in front of your breast instead of pushing your breast toward the baby.

Cross cradle hole

Football hold

Baby will be tucked under your arm with his or her body wrapped around your waist. Your hand holds the baby's head while you support your breast with the opposite hand and tickle the baby's lower lip until he or she opens his or her mouth as wide as a yawn, bringing the baby in close to your breast to latch on.

This position is particularly effective when:

  • you need to watch your breastfeeding technique
  • your baby is small or premature
  • your baby's mouth frequently slips off the areola
  • you've had a c-section and don't want the baby's weight on your stitches
  • you have large breasts
  • your baby falls asleep while breastfeeding

Football hold

Side-lying position

Baby should be directly on his or her side cuddled close to you with either your arm or a small blanket rolled against his or her back.

This position is particularly effective when:

  • you want to rest while breastfeeding
  • you need to stay in bed following a c-section

Side lying position