Breastfeeding is one of the most important aspects of motherhood and for the baby to have a healthy and nourished growth, breast milk is absolutely necessary. The WHO recommends exclusively breastfeeding a newborn baby for the first 6 months and only then moving on to other foods like formula and purees. Breastfeeding isn't an easy task and both mother and baby need to be given enough time to get used to it and get the hang of it. If you are finding it difficult to feed your baby, you can try these breastfeeding positions to feed your baby.
Cradle Hold Support the baby with the arm on the side. In this breastfeeding position you will be breastfeeding in a way that the head rests in the bend of the elbow. This is one of the popular breastfeeding positions during the first few weeks of nursing.
Cross-cradle or Crossover Hold Hold your baby across your lap, supporting her with the same arm as your breast. This is similar to Cradle Hold and works well during the initial days of breastfeeding. This is also one of the best breastfeeding positions for bottle-feeding.
Football Hold Hold the baby at your side face up and length-wise. It is one of the breastfeeding positions in which the baby is tucked under your arm off to the side and held with one arm while you support your breast with the other arm.
Laid back hold Lie down in a semi-reclined position and make your baby to lie across your stomach or shoulder. This is also called as biological nursing and taps into your child’s natural reflexes.
Side-lying hold Lie down on your side and face your baby towards your breast. Support the baby with your hand. Good for moms who have had c-section. It also helps moms relax while the baby feeds.