Some mothers find that the following positions are helpful ways to get comfortable and support their babies in finding a good latch.
Many mothers use pillows under arms, elbows, neck or back to give added comfort and support. Keep in mind that something may work well may not work for others. Try different position and see what works best for you and your baby to make a latch.
1. Cradle hold
This classic breastfeeding position requires you to cradle your baby's head in the crook of your arm.
2. Cross cradle
This hold is similar to the cradle hold except that baby’s head is held in mom’s hand rather than the crook of the elbow. The cross cradle hold can also be helpful when you are learning to breastfeed.
3. Football hold
This is a very good position for mothers who are unable to place their baby on the abdomen, especially those who have had a cesarean birth. It is also helpful for babies who prefer to be more upright.
4. Side-lying position
This is a very good position for mothers who are unable to place their baby on the abdomen, especially those who have had a cesarean birth. Place your baby on her side facing you, and nestled in your arm.