Breast-Feeding Positions - Topic Overview
football hold , you sit on a bed or sofa. Your baby is tucked under your arm and lying along the side you
will be feeding on, with his or her chest facing your chest. The baby's head is
in your hand (on the same side as the breast being used), and the upper body is
supported by your arm or a pillow. With that
hand you can control the baby's head to bring the baby's mouth in quickly for a
deep latch. Your other hand reaches across to support and narrow your breast.
Use pillows to help support the baby.
The football hold is similar to the cross-cradle hold. But because
the baby is not resting on the abdomen, the football position is useful for
women who delivered by
cesarean delivery. It also works well for
breast-feeding twins or for babies who have trouble taking enough of the areola
(the dark circle around the nipple) into their mouths. Large-breasted women
also often find this a comfortable breast-feeding position.
side-lying position , you and your baby lie on your sides with your chests facing
each other. Place pillows behind the baby for support. Your baby's mouth should
be close to your nipple. The hand on your top side supports your lower breast
and guides it into your infant's mouth as you roll toward your rooting baby.
After the baby has latched on, use this arm to cuddle and bring your baby
closer to you.
You can also place your baby on a firm pillow by your side. Offer
the upper breast for feeding. Having the baby on the pillow can help some very
large- or small-breasted women see their baby more easily.
The side-lying position is a good option when you have delivered by
cesarean delivery or when you are tired.
Australian hold , your baby is held vertically and straddles your thigh, facing you.
Your knee supports your baby on his or her bottom, while one hand is low on the
baby's head to give control as you bring your baby to the breast to latch. It
may work best to have your baby sitting slightly "side-saddle." The other hand
(on the same side as the breast being used) supports the breast to help the
baby form a good, deep latch on the areola.