Although breastfeeding is a natural way to nourish your baby, it’s a way of feeding that you both and your baby must learn together.
Start slowly and calmly
It may take awhile to find out what works best for you and your baby. Success takes practice and proper positioning.
How to hold your baby while breastfeeding
After you experiment with different breastfeeding positions, you’ll arrive at what’s most comfortable for both of you. Here are several positions to try:
- Sit upright and place your baby on her side across your lap, facing you.
- Support your baby’s head, back, and bottom with your arm, then move her face near your breast.
- Brush her mouth or cheek with your nipple.
- When your baby begins to suck, make sure she takes enough of your nipple and areola in her mouth to properly latch on.
This position is most helpful if you’ve had a cesarean delivery, have large breasts, or if you are breastfeeding twins.
- Tuck your baby under your arm. (Picture the way a football player tucks a ball under his arm.)
- Hold her head and neck in your hand. Let her feet extend toward your back.
- Use a pillow to support your arm, and use your free hand to direct your baby’s mouth to your breast.
Many hospitals suggest this position if you've had a cesarean delivery.
- Lie on your side with your baby on her side, facing you.
- Position your baby’s head at your lower breast.
- When she’s attached to your breast, use your lower arm to support your head.