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Different breastfeeding positions
The first: the semi-seated position
Also called BN – Biological Nurturing, this is certainly the first position that baby will adopt in the birth room in the maternity ward: you are semi-recumbent, with your chest raised, baby is lying on you in a vertical position, and instinctively, his little mouth will come for your chest . This is an ideal position for practicing skin-to-skin contact, so simply add, if necessary, a small blanket on baby's back.
The most classic: the position of the Madonna
This is probably the first position that comes to mind when we talk about breastfeeding, and for good reason: many mothers have adopted it and practice it on a daily basis. Baby is positioned on his side, horizontally. His head rests in the crook of your arm , your other hand is free to support his buttocks or caress his back. Don't hesitate to use a nursing pillow to put baby at the right height and stay relaxed.
A variation for breastfeeding babies: the inverted Madonna position
This is a fairly similar position to the Madonna, but the placement of your hands differs. With your arm opposite the breastfeeding breast, you will support the child's spine and buttocks, and hold his neck with your hand. For example, if you breastfeed on the right , baby will be leaning against your left arm. Your other hand is free to support your breast and help baby catch the nipple. Baby resting on your forearm, this position can be difficult to hold if he is already a few months old, which is why it is recommended for infants or children who have difficulty latching on. It is also the most suitable position for breastfeeding a premature baby, because it offers good support for his body and head.
The most comfortable: the lying position
Breastfeeding while lying in bed is possible! The lying position is a breastfeeding position particularly favored by young, tired mothers who have to breastfeed at night. If your baby is sleeping next to you, you don't have to get up to nurse him, which is very nice! It is also a perfect position for young mothers who have undergone a cesarean section, because the baby's position means that he will not press on the stomach. How to position yourself? You lie in bed on one side, right or left, with one hand supporting your head. Baby is placed on his side against you, well aligned, with his mouth at nipple level. Your free arm supports his back and keeps him in the correct position.
Rugby ball position
Breastfeeding your baby is not always easy when you have had a difficult birth, or have welcomed several babies! The rugby ball position is popular with young mothers who have given birth by cesarean section, who are breastfeeding twins or who have large breasts. Baby's body is perpendicular to yours and runs along the side of the breast. It rests on a nursing pillow to be at the right height. You can clearly see the child's face - it is therefore easy to check whether the latch is correct - and the position is reassuring for both mother and baby!
Some reminders about breastfeeding
Whatever position you choose, certain rules must be respected for the well-being of the young mother and her baby.
- Make sure you are seated comfortably. Even if baby screams at the top of his lungs to let you know that feeding time has arrived, it is important to take a moment to settle down properly, with cushions or your nursing pillow, so as not to cause discomfort. back for example.
- Baby must always have his head, neck and spine aligned. His little nose should be clear, and his mouth at breast level: he should not have to turn his head to catch the nipple.
- If you are not sure of your baby's position, if you wonder if he is latching correctly, if you have the impression that he is having difficulty suckling, do not hesitate to seek advice from a midwife or lactation consultant who can help you. A bad position can lead to poor sucking, and therefore a reduction in lactation . Sometimes it is enough to turn baby's head a little more or correct the angle of his body to improve the quantity of breast milk and comfort during feedings.
- Some feedings can be long, make sure you have everything you need within reach (bottle of water, remote control, book, magazine, etc.).
- It is essential, throughout the duration of breastfeeding, not to apply substances to your skin that could be harmful to baby. For example, essential oils and breastfeeding don't always go well together. A 100% safe solution? Opt for Daylily treatments, guaranteed without ingredients harmful to baby's health.
Classic or inverted Madonna position, rugby ball position or breastfeeding lying on your side, nothing stops you from varying the positions or sticking to the one that seems most comfortable to you. The main thing is to trust your instinct, so that each feeding is pleasant and part of successful breastfeeding for both mother and baby.