As a first time mom, I was really determined to breastfeed my baby. I remember telling my OB gyne about this so she prescribed me with malunggay supplements as early as 7 months into my pregnancy to help me lactate. However, our bodies still vary and it doesn’t really work for all. The most important thing to do is to let your baby latch all the time to signal your body to produce milk.
Anyway, aside from milk supply, there was another thing I was worried about and that is our breastfeeding position. I’ve always had big breasts even back in elementary and high school. I always have a hard time finding bras that fits me well. I often experience back and shoulder pains because my breasts have always been heavy. When I was pregnant, I kept thinking of ways on how I can conveniently breastfeed my baby without asphyxiating him.
I asked some friends regarding the best breastfeeding positions, but even with their answers, I still wasn’t confident until I’ve tried every position possible. Let me share to you a few breastfeeding positions that worked well for me and baby.
1. Laid Back Position – This was the first ever breastfeeding position that we’ve ever tried since I just got out from a C-Section delivery and I couldn’t stand yet. At the recovery room, the nurse held my baby and positioned him on my chest as I was still too groggy to move on my own. When we got to our room, it’s my hubby who would position our baby on my chest.
Advantage: The mom is relaxed and laid back.
Disadvantage: For prolonged period of breastfeeding, the mom may experience back pains.
2. Cradle Hold Position – Once I was able to get up, I tried to learn and master the cradle hold. Since I think it was the easiest and most convenient breastfeeding position. However, since I have big and saggy breasts, I had to sit down and put a pillow on my lap where my baby could lie down. I had to use my one hand to hold my breast while nursing.
Advantage: This is the most convenient position for most moms.
Disadvantage: (For me) I had to get up at night to nurse my baby in this position.
3. Side-lying Position – This is, by far, the best breastfeeding position for me and my baby. I get to sleep whenever the baby sleeps. I get to play on my phone or even browse Facebook. This has also made my life easier when nursing the baby at night.
Advantage: Very relaxing for both mom and baby; mom doesn’t need to get up at night to nurse the baby.
Disadvantage: None of the household chores gets done.
4. Breastfeeding in a Carrier – This position has made our life easier whenever we go out. Even before, I’ve always feared breastfeeding in public, I’ve never imagined the day that I had to take the boob out and nurse in public where other people could see my exposed breast. Breastfeeding in a carrier has given me a solution to my problem. Not only does it solve my problem about breastfeeding in public, but also the convenience in nursing whenever we’re out. I can freely walk around while breastfeeding without exposing my breasts to the people. (In this picture, we are using a Love & Carry Air Carrier)
Advantage: I don’t have to stop to find the breastfeeding station just so I could breastfeed. I can freely move around through the use of our carrier.
Disadvantage: I’m not sure if there’s any.
Breastfeeding positions are important to ensure the comfort and safety of both the mother and the child. This also helps in strengthening the bond between the two.
Find your most comfortable position and stick to it. It’s going to be relaxing for you and your child.