Hold On! A Play-by-Play of Key Breastfeeding Positions
By Valerie Fahey
Cradle Me The cradle position feels the most natural for many mothers, and because it keeps breast exposure to a minimum, it's ideal for public nursing. Cuddle your baby with her head resting in the crook of your arm and her tummy against yours. Her lower arm should be tucked out of the way.
Cross My Heart Positioning your baby in a cross-cradle allows for good control of her head, so it's useful with a newborn who's having trouble learning to nurse. As in the cradle hold, position your baby tummy to tummy, but hold her head with your hand and use your forearm to support her bottom.
Let's Play Football A good choice for mothers recovering from C-sections, the football hold minimizes pressure on the incision. It's also practical for those nursing twins simultaneously. Lay your baby along your side so her back is supported by your forearm and her head is cradled in your hand, the way a running back would carry a football.
This Side Up The side-lying option is good for those middle-of-the-night feedings. Lie on your side with your head on a pillow. Nestle your baby close to you, with her head in the crook of your arm, her mouth level with your nipple, and her tummy against yours.