There are several positions to breastfeed your child. We often think about baby's well-being, but while breastfeeding, I learned that it was super important that I was comfortable and comfortable while breastfeeding my child.
Don't forget that breastfeeding should not be painful, if this is the case it could be due to several factors (baby is poorly positioned, poor latch on the breast, etc.).
If baby doesn't open his mouth well, you can help him by placing your nipple under his nose, so he will want to open his mouth wide to take in the areola of the breast and not just the nipple.
Regardless of the position you choose, it is important that:
- Baby's ear, shoulder and hip should be aligned.
- That you have everything you need next to you (water, biscuits, almonds, telephone, etc.)
- Don't forget to go to the toilet before breastfeeding your baby, you never know how long it might last.
- Don’t hesitate to consult a lactation consultant, they can save you!
The position of the Madonna
I would say that this is the most common position during breastfeeding. Baby's head rests on your forearm, on the same side as the breast that is feeding. Right breast = right arm.
The position of the inverted Madonna
This is the opposite of the position of the classical Madonna. If you breastfeed baby with your right breast, baby is supported with your left arm. Right breast = left arm.
Side lying position
Personally, this is my favorite position! You lie on your side, your stomach pressed against your baby. You place the baby's head slightly under your breast so that he opens his mouth wide to grasp the breast and have a good latch.
The position of the “rugby ball”
No, no, no, no, we won't play rugby with baby, it's just a fun name to talk about and imagine this breastfeeding position.
If you breastfeed baby with your right breast, you place baby on your right arm. You support his neck with your right hand.
You must be seated to practice this position and your baby's legs stick out behind you.
Lying down or slightly inclined position
It is often the first position that is offered when baby is born. If baby is healthy, he or she is placed on your stomach or breast. Instinctively, he will move towards the nipple to try to suckle.
This is a good position if you have a strong chest or a powerful throw.
The koala's position
More practical when baby is older. He sits astride your thigh facing you. This is a very popular position for babies who often have ear infections or reflux.
The position of the she-wolf
Baby is lying on his back and you are on all fours above him. This is a position that is often used in cases of engorgement or if baby has difficulty latching on.
There are other breastfeeding positions, but today I'm sharing the most common ones with you.
Besides, tell me in the comments, the position(s) that you practiced or hated the most?