Since the process of feeding the baby can take half a year or more, the young mommy should not be a burden. To always and everywhere be happy to feed your baby, it is necessary to master comfortable postures for feeding - then you will not get tired.
You can make the procedure pleasant both for yourself and for the crumbs with the help of various accessories - special pillows, nipple shapers, feeding beads, etc. In addition, since babies can stay at the breast for a long time, you should take care of drinking for the mother , an interesting book or magazine, which should be located at arm's length.
In order for the poses for feeding the baby not to tire my mother, she needs to ensure a comfortable position of her back. Most often, women are fed a child sitting on a sofa or chair. Lactation specialists believe that it is most convenient to do this in a rocking chair. You should also take care of the foot rest, the role of which can be performed by a small high chair, a shoe box, etc.
If you study in good faith the correct postures for feeding a newborn, you will have a choice and easily find out which ones to use during the day and which at night. In addition, you can easily adjust to feed the baby standing and even on the go.
The most common positions that women take by instinct are "Cradle" and "cross cradle". These are two types of the same posture that allow you to control the position of the baby.
In the first case, it is required to put the child on the right hand and apply it to the right breast. In the case of the cross-section, the body of the crumbs is located on the left hand, while the breast remains the same. You can feed in this position sitting in Turkish, or putting your legs on the leg, thus bringing the head of the baby closer to the mammary gland. To relieve the load on the arms and back, experts recommend putting a pillow under the child.
Sometimes it is difficult for a mother to sit for half an hour, using both hands. To release one, you can try the pose "From under the arms". In order to take it, you need to put a pillow or several pillows on the side of your thigh, placing them so that the baby is comfortable to lie down and he can easily reach his chest. Then it remains only to put one hand under the head of the child and direct his mouth to the nipple. The second hand will be completely free. This position is shown after a cesarean section, when feeding twins, and with an overly large bust that can put pressure on the baby.
Night poses for feeding a newborn child suggests nature itself. If you sleep with your baby, you can easily find out how to apply it. Of course, lying on its side, putting his hand under his little body. Thus, the head of the crumbs will be raised and it will easily suck the breast.
If you cannot turn over on the other side at night (for example, a husband sleeping next to you), but you want to give your child the upper chest, just put a pillow along your body and put the baby on it. By the way, after episiotomy, these postures are recommended for use during the day as well.
To empty the lower lobes of the mammary glands, it is sometimes necessary to feed the child. jack. Mom needs to lie on one side, leaning on her elbow, along which we can put a pillow and place the baby on it so that it easily grips the nipple. This position also helps to eliminate lactostasis in the upper lobules of the breast, because during sucking the baby massages it with its chin.
If the baby sucks sluggishly, this task will help him. hanging posture for feeding. To take this position, you need to put the child on the flank, placing a pillow under it for convenience. Then "hang" over the crumbs, directing the nipple in his mouth. With this posture, milk easily flows through the ducts and the child does not need to make extra efforts to “get” it.
To save from burping can posture for feeding lying on his back. Mom needs to sit comfortably on a bed or couch, putting her pillow under her back and arms. Baby put on his stomach. In this position, it is recommended to feed women who have too much “milk pressure”, which is why the child constantly chokes.
If you need a baby to fall asleep, ease your task by combining motion sickness and feeding. For quick results you can walk around the room. Take the baby in your arms so that its body is pressed tightly against your stomach. Give a breast and gently shake the baby. In most cases, children fall asleep during this procedure.
Some moms breastfeed their babies after they learn to walk. Such a child can not be laid "jack" or in the armpit. “Standing” and “sedentary” poses for breastfeeding will come to the rescue.
To quickly feed the toddler, you can seat him on your thigh, bending your knee and leaning your foot on a chair or sofa. So you can control the turns of the head of the child, not allowing him to be distracted. Of course, in this position you will not feed for a long time, so try to sit in Turkish, sitting the baby between your legs or on one of the hips.
If you have acquired happiness in double size, having given birth to twins, then get ready for the fact that the poses for breastfeeding will be different than those of the mothers of one baby. Of course, you can feed the children in turn. But, first, you have to spend twice as much time on it, and after all, the twins' mothers have double concerns. Secondly, one baby, while you feed another, can act up, not letting you focus on his brother or sister. Therefore, specialists in lactation assure that with proper organization it is possible and necessary to attach twins at the same time. In this mother will help comfortable posture for feeding newborns.
You can feed the twins in the pose of a simple "cradle" by placing your elbows on the pillows or soft armrests. One baby should be attached as usual, pressing his little body to his stomach. Often the "inner" baby is the one who sucks less actively. The second crumb is laid, pressing his belly to the back of a brother or sister. Mom needs to control the correct nipple grip of the "external" baby.
The easiest way to attach two children together in the position "from under the mouse." It seems to be made for twins. At first, mom may need help to conveniently mark the children and lay their legs behind their backs. The easiest way to do this is on special sickle-shaped pillows.
When feeding the twins, you should not “secure” “each” breast for each of them. It does not benefit either mom or kids. First, the intensity of sucking can fluctuate, and the breasts deform, becoming a different size. Secondly, strabismus may develop in children, since lying constantly on one side, their upper eye is trained in them, and the muscles of the lower one will atrophy a little.
Change not only the breasts, but also the poses of the babies - one should not be constantly on top, and the second on the bottom. The one who sucks less actively, finish feeding the expressed milk.
For successful feeding it is not enough to master special poses. It is much more important to learn how to properly apply the baby to the breast, because it depends on how it will develop, gain weight, and whether it wants to suck at all. Also, the correct nipple grip ensures painless feeding and no cracks.
Sometimes mommies instinctively guess how to attach the baby to their breasts - they just put the nipple in the wide open mouth and press the head with the hand. But not always everything goes so smoothly. You should not despair - everything is in your hands.
First you need to learn - for the child to properly capture the nipple and areola, it should be comfortable for him to open his mouth. The nipple enters the mouth without hindrance when it is wide open as when yawning.
The head of the child should not be bent forward, because then his tongue rises, but it is necessary that he fell on the lower gums and leaned out easily. So, you need to position the baby's head in such a way that the chin is slightly raised. To do this, you need to send the nipple not exactly in the mouth, but to the spout. The child, instinctively looking for the breast, will raise the head and correctly capture the nipple.
It so happens that a hungry baby twists her head from side to side, looking for breasts, but for some reason does not open her mouth. In this case, you can push him, holding the areola on the lips. If you hold the tip of the nipple, there is a risk that the high-spirited crumb “with appetite” bites him, thereby causing the mother pain.
When the little one finally opens its mouth, its tongue will instinctively sink to the lower gum. Mom, supporting his head and shoulders (but not the back of the head) under the palm of the hand, brings the child closer to her breast, gently pushing the nipple with the areola into the opened lips. At the same time with your free hand, you need to straighten the nipple, controlling its position in the mouth of the baby.
That is, to put it more simply, the nipple with an areola is “stacked” on the tongue and the lower sponge, which is turned downwards, and above it is covered with the upper sponge, slightly bent to the nose. In this case, it is impossible to push a breast into the child’s mouth - on the contrary, it is necessary to bring his head closer to the nipple.
An indicator of the fact that the baby sucks well is inflated cheeks and a chin deeply pressed into the chest.
Modern moms are offered a huge range of products for breastfeeding. They are not mandatory, but can significantly facilitate the process.
The most popular attribute is considered special. pillow. Some of them are used in the last months of pregnancy to keep the abdomen in a sitting or lying on its side. Some look like a boomerang, others look like a bagel with one thickened side. This pillow is fastened around the waist of a woman, fastening at the waist. And in front fits 9-month tummy or a newborn baby. In addition, this accessory can be used not only for breastfeeding. The children are happy to sit in the center of the "donut" during the feeding.
Pillows for feeding twins are somewhat different. They have the shape of a square with a "shoe" cut inside. Having fixed this accessory around her camp, mother can easily place the babies on both sides and thereby relieve the load from her arms.
Active mommy, who is not sitting at home, may need sling. This device will allow not only to carry the baby with you, freeing your hands, but also to feed him anywhere, hiding his chest from other people's curious glances. Read more about which slings are suitable for newborns →
Breast pumpsrelevant for the preservation of lactation, if start on time guv failed. Also, this accessory is very popular with moms who go to work early. In order not to injure the breast, it is worthwhile to spend money on an electric double breast pump, and use it to express both breasts simultaneously. In addition, with the purchase of this device you should stock up with replaceable funnels, since their initial size does not fit all nipples.
To avoid embarrassing situations, breastfeeding moms use bra inserts. They absorb the milk that is released between feedings. However, if it flows out too much, it makes no sense to waste precious nectar. Use plastic milk containers instead of inserts, which also need to be placed in a bra. Having collected milk in them, you can feed your baby without resorting to a breast pump.
Another accessory that can be useful for successful breastfeeding - silicone nipple covers. This attribute is relevant if the baby was born weak or premature, and therefore sucks poorly, as well as if there are cracks on the nipples. But for the prevention of using lining specialists in breastfeeding is not recommended, because it is very difficult to wean the child from them. In addition, when feeding with a lining, milk may stop coming.
Even with a sufficient amount of milk, newborns are sometimes supplemented. Mom herself decides which accessory to use for the supplement: a syringe, spoon, cup, or SNS supplementary feeding system.
A syringe is convenient and inexpensive. Its tip is so easy to lay on the baby's cheek, holding the upper palate with the little pink pad. But do not overuse this method too much, otherwise the crumb can “unlearn” sucking.
Instead of a regular adult cup and a metal spoon, it is recommended to purchase a special container with a rim, from which it is easy to direct into the mouth, and a safe soft silicone spoon that allows you to dose the supplement.
Well, and an accessory that does not affect the amount of milk and ease of gripping the nipple, but can help feed a troubled baby. This is about beads for guv. In principle, you can use any bright neck ornaments consisting of balls with a diameter of 1–2 cm. They will be useful if the baby constantly tugs at the nipple of the free breast during the feeding process.
Errors that can be avoided
To relieve yourself the process of breastfeeding can, if you bring to automatism posture and technique of attachment. At first, you will have to constantly monitor whether you are doing everything correctly and, if necessary, correcting the baby. In order to quickly establish feeding, you need to know what you should not do.
- It is impossible to allow the body of the child to lie freely - firmly press his tummy to his, and also support the head, without pressing hard on the back of the head.
- Do not rush to push the nipple into the baby's mouth - he must open it himself and grab the breast. Violent acts may provoke chest failure.
- Do not let the baby purse his lips. If he is still clumsily taking the nipple, gently spread the lips out with a finger.
- Do not allow the crumbs to suck only the nipple, when he should almost completely swallow the areola. Otherwise, you will have cracks.
- Do not be passive, thinking that the newborn will independently find the breast and figure out how to suck it. Confidently hold the body of the crumbs, helping him with a palm and stroking the areola on the lips.
Also strictly make sure that the head of the child does not fall back, and he himself did not appear as if under the breast. In this position, he is not something that suck, can not breathe, and easily choke with milk.
Therefore, summing up, we can say that during the feeding the mother’s arms and forearms play a very important role - they support, guide, distribute parts of the baby’s body so that it is comfortable to lie down.
For women who are waiting or giving birth to their first child, it all seems like a complex science. But believe me, nature has endowed you with a powerful instinct that, after the first application, will tell you how to feed a child.
Therefore, discard unnecessary doubts and approach this process creatively. Feed with pleasure!
Pose 1. "In the crib"
Pose "Cradle" when feeding while sitting is the most famous and versatile, as it suits both a newborn baby and a child older than a year. The breast is placed on the mother’s arms, as in a crib: his head is on the elbow bend of one hand, the mother wraps the back of the arm with the other hand. The baby is turned to the mother "belly to belly", and his mouth is directly opposite the nipple. In this position, the mother can feed both from the right and from the left breast, shifting the baby with the head from one hand to the other.
Variation of the “In the cradle” posture can be called standing standing. The baby in the arms of the mother is in the same position, only the mother herself is not sitting, as is often the case, but worth it. Usually, babies are fed like this when rocking and sleeping. Mom can be swaying with her whole body or in slow motion to move around the room.
Pose 2. "Cross cradle"
"Cross cradle" - a variation of the previous position. The main difference is that mother hands provide additional support to the baby. The head is supported by two hands: the palm of that hand, which is on the side of the nursing chest, and the palm of the opposite hand, supporting the body of the child.
This position is very convenient in the case when the mother needs to adjust the correct grip of the breast. With the palm of the hand, the mother can move the crumbs closer closer, and then the baby will be able to deeply grab the nipple along with the areola, as it should be. The need for correction of seizure is more common in weak or premature babies.
Pose 3. “From under the arm”
Pose feeding from under the arm is perfect for women who, after a natural birth or cesarean section, cannot sit. With this method of feeding the mother is in a reclining position, leaning on the thigh and forearm. The baby is placed on the pillow in such a way that its body is perpendicular to the mother's side, and is located between the mother's body and the arm-support. Palm mum supports the head crumbs and gives him a chest as if from above.
From under the arm you can feed and sitting, most importantly, overlaid with pillows and take a comfortable position.
For the mother, the “armpit” pose is the prevention of milk stagnation in the lower and lateral segments of the breast, therefore at least once a day it is worth giving the breast in this way. (See the article on milk stagnation)
Pose 4. "Lying on the hand"
Поза для кормления лежа дает маме возможность расслабить спину и отдохнуть от вертикального положения. Мама и малыш лежат на боку лицом друг к другу. Малыша лучше положить на подушку, так грудничок будет повыше и ему проще будет дотянуться до груди. An older child can do without a pillow. With the "lower" hand, the mother embraces the baby so that his head rests on her arm. This posture is convenient for joint sleep.
Photo poses for feeding lying on his hand
A variant of this posture is feeding from the lower chest lying down. Baby is near, face to face with mom. At the same time, mother removes her lower hand under her head. If in the first case, the mother supports the crumb with her hand, then in this version of the baby, it is better to prop it up with a small pillow so that it will be held on its side and not turned over on its back.
Pose 5. "Lying from the top chest"
This position is convenient if the mother decided to change the breast, but to shift the baby or turn over on the other side for some reason she was not very comfortable. Mom and the infant lie face to face on the side. The lower arm serves as a support for the mother, thanks to which the mother slightly lifts the body and gives the crumbs the upper breast. However, it is not possible to feed for a long time in this position, since a large load is given to her mother's hand. Baby for convenience can be put on the pillow.
Any poses for feeding can be transformed into poses with a pillow. It does not necessarily need a special pillow for feeding. You can do with ordinary pillows, because they can also serve as a support, lift, soften the load.
Pose 6. “Baby on Mom”
Sometimes there is a need to feed in such an unusual position: the baby lies on the mother, belly to the stomach, the head slightly turned on its side. This posture is comfortable in the first months of life. During this period, lactation is still established, so there are still tides of milk, during which the streams can be quite strong and the baby can literally choke. If the crumb is on top - it is easier for him to cope with the flow of milk.
Another advantage of this pose for newborns is tummy stimulation. Usually, after feeding in this position, children suffer less from gas and colic.
Pose 7. “Overhang”
Feeding in this position can be useful for both mother and baby. For mom, this is an opportunity to empty the central and lower lobes in the breast. Baby feeding is convenient when sucking yourself is hard for him. This may be true for weak babies or for those who, after a bottle, refuses to take the breast, because It is more difficult to extract milk from the breast.
Photo posture for breastfeeding overhang
Feed, hanging from above, can be on the bed and on the table. In the first case, the mother gets on all fours over the baby and gives him a breast. In the second case, the mother can lay a crumb on the changing table and bend over it. The head of the child should be slightly turned on its side.
Pose 8. "Riding the mother"
It looks like the pose "Baby on Mom"
Photo of baby feeding poses on mom
Older kids no longer love to lie down. As soon as the baby has mastered the seat - you can feed him, sitting astride himself on the principle of "belly to belly." In such a position it is very convenient to change the chest: no need to roll over, shift the child. This position is especially convenient when feeding during a cold. In the upright position, the spout is less often laid, so sucking the baby’s breast is much easier and more comfortable, lying down for weeks.
How to feed a small breast?
Breast volume has absolutely no effect on the amount of milk, so you can feed a small breast as long and productively as a large one. The only question is to find comfortable postures and adapt to their features.
It is difficult to distinguish any special postures for feeding with a small breast. You can feed in any position, but somewhere mom will have to bend a little more, or lift the baby a little higher. The most comfortable position in this situation is “Lying on your arm”.
With the stagnation of milk in the breast, all efforts of a nursing woman should be directed to emptying the lobes in which the milk plug has formed. Feed while not only allowed, but definitely necessary, because no one can cope with the sucking of milk, like a child.
The postures for feeding during lactostasis are selected based on the part of the breast that stagnated. This can be determined by simply feeling the chest: the place of stagnation manifests itself as soreness and compaction. Then you need to follow this rule: the baby most of all sucks the milk out of that part of the breast against which its chin rests when feeding. Whichever posture is chosen, it will be a modification of one of the basic poses that we discussed above.
Every mom for feeding experience appears favorite and less favorite poses. Since breastfeeding is a process in which two people participate, mothers, along with babies, choose the most comfortable positions for themselves, adapting them to their own characteristics and needs.
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I have two children 12 years and a half years old. Breast, unfortunately, fed both a little more than a month (but this is another story). In the meantime, I fed the poses of the article: for some reason, I fed the first one only on my hands (in the pose No. 1 - the cradle). Sit down with him and eat. But the second one is completely “not manual”, fed on a bed lying down (posture No. 4 and No. 5 from the article). To be honest, the posture does not matter, the main thing is that both mother and baby are comfortable and it is important not to be nervous when feeding, because the baby feels everything. Moms, breastfeed a little longer, it's just yours and your baby.
Thank you for the article! In a couple of months I will become a mother, my chest is small, so the difficulties with feeding pose are relevant for me. I always believed that a newborn baby should be breastfed, because mother milk is not invented analogues. Maybe someone has a similar problem? If so, how was it decided? Thanks in advance for the answer!
After childbirth, doctors were forbidden to sit, so the child fed only in the prone position. The most comfortable postures for me were from under the arm and on the arm. And then I could not feed while sitting, it did not work at all.
I breastfeed the fifth month, most preferably posture No. 4 “Lying on my arm”, but I learned about the “Lying out of the upper chest” position for the first time, you have to try. During feeding, we had to deal with lactostasis. Very painful sensations, so also the temperature jumped under 38. Actively massaged the formed lump, warm shower, then feeding, decanting until the breast became completely soft. But in general, there is nothing more beautiful than to breastfeed your baby, look into his eyes and thank God for this miracle.
Breastfeeding is very important for the baby. It strengthens the immune system and helps grow a good child. Contact of mother and child is simply necessary, and breastfeeding is the best communication with the baby, at this moment mother conveys all her love and care, such babies grow calm. And the breastfeeding position should be the most convenient to extend this procedure as much as possible.
thank you so much for posture number 3. she saved me from chopping by the "grandma's" method.
baby for one feeding removed my pain. he himself finally ate a lot, pleased.
Now I thought that posture influences where milk comes from!
Postpartum problem solving
In the postpartum period, the woman may face various problems. And in their decision help comfortable posture for feeding the newborn.
- Fatigue. In the first weeks after childbirth, a woman’s body works at full capacity. Generic activity is a tremendous stress for the body, takes a lot of energy. Temporarily improves the well-being of women hormonal changes, as during the period of labor there is a powerful release of endorphins, which literally inspire the woman, making her feel a surge of energy. However, hormonal levels gradually stabilize, and fatigue rolls over the woman. A good rest allows you to cope with it, but how can you find time for it, if the baby is always on hand? The answer will be breastfeeding! Use the postures in which you can relax and take a nap with your child. A few hours of rest during the day will help you recover quickly.
- Pain. If the birth was difficult or unnatural, the woman feels the discomfort of postoperative rehabilitation. Stitching on the crotch excludes the ability to sit, respectively, such positions for feeding are temporarily prohibited. After cesarean section, postures should be used to feed the child, not allowing pressure in the abdomen. Try several positions to choose the best and reduce pain.
- Lactostasis. Traditionally, women choose one or two comfortable positions for feeding. However, in the event of milk stagnation, they need to be changed. The formation of stagnation is due to the fact that some of the dairy lobes are not fully released. In order to prevent lactostasis, it is advisable to use not a pair, but a greater number of positions, which will allow to release all parts of the breast with high quality. If the stagnation is formed, it will be necessary to change the position to the opposite, as usually lactostasis is formed on the reverse side of the well-liberated milk lobe.
Preparation for feeding
“The task of the woman is to organize the feeding in such a way that it is convenient for her,” said Irina Ryukhova, a breastfeeding consultant. - Prepare pillows, overlaid them completely, like during pregnancy. Feel the most relaxed, then the minutes of feeding will bring pleasure to you and the baby. "
It is important to eliminate distracting and annoying factors, so close up in the room alone with the baby, if necessary. During feeding, a keen sense of hunger often “rolls” onto the woman. If you are prone to these "attacks", pre-place a plate with a snack and a glass of juice nearby. You must have everything at hand.
We suggest you to study the postures for feeding a newborn baby with photos and videos: lying, sitting and standing. In each position, follow the correct attachment of the child to avoid cracks on the nipples and other unpleasant consequences of improper feeding.
The most comfortable position for breastfeeding - lying. They help a woman to relax, you can even sleep next to the baby, because in the first days of his life he sucks long enough.
Determine a suitable place for feeding: a sofa or bed. Sofas with a back are comfortable and safe: if necessary, you can leave it without the risk of falling crumbs.
One of the popular positions used by women undergoing cesarean section. It eliminates the pressure on the painful abdomen, which helps mom easier to move the postoperative period. The position becomes the main quiet night feedings when sleeping together. Neither you nor the baby will have to wake up to eat at night.
- Lie on your side, do not allow the emphasis on the elbow. Place a low pillow under your head.
- Place the baby close by on the side, just below the nipple. It is important that his head was thrown back, which will allow a good open mouth.
- Put the breast in the baby's mouth. Hold the crumb with your hand under the shoulder blades.
- Put the baby under the back of the roller of a towel, if you plan to take a nap.
This position may not be suitable for mothers of miniature babies, since the baby cannot reach the nipple while lying on its side. In this case, use the following position.
The head of the baby is slightly raised. This helps to solve the problem of the difference in the level of the nipple with respect to the mouth. Mom does not need to reach for the child, which often creates inconvenience: elbows numb, pain in the back is felt.
- Lie on your side, sit comfortably.
- Put the baby next to the side, head on your forearm.
- Hold him with the same hand on the ass. Feed free chest.
To make you comfortable, provide support for your head. Put a pillow, but do not lie down on it high, let the shoulders remain on the bed. So you will not allow pain in the neck.
Cushion for baby
Instead of your own hand, use a pillow to support the child. Your hands will remain free, and the baby will easily reach the nipple.
- Lay a pillow on the bed, lie side by side.
- Lay the child on the flank on the pillow.
- Hold the baby by the shoulder blades, put in the chest chest.
Make sure the pillow is lying to you as tightly as possible. For proper feeding it is necessary that the baby’s tummy is pressed against yours.
Pillow for mom
In this position, the woman feeds the upper breast. This helps in solving the problem of stagnant milk in the lateral lobe of the mammary gland, which is poorly released in other positions.
- Put a pillow under your head, lie on your side, lean forward a little.
- Lay the baby next to the side.
- Put the upper breast in the mouth, hold the baby by the ass with the same hand.
A bigger pillow is suitable for this posture, but you should only lie on your head to prevent pain in your neck.
An unusual, at first glance, position that will help in solving the problem of stagnant milk. If it arrived too much, and the baby could not fully release the breast, there is a risk of developing lactostasis.
The uneven release of the mammary glands contributes to it: there is no stagnation in the lobes towards which the chin of the baby is turned when feeding. Therefore, feeling the seal in the chest from above, among all poses for feeding the child, choose the "jack", which will help with lactostasis.
- Lie on the pillow sideways. Put your elbow behind your head so that the pillow is in the armpit.
- Put the baby next to the flank so that the legs “look” in the opposite direction from you.
- Put in the mouth closest to his chest, hold the shoulder blade.
To feed with a jack, lay down on the side in which the chest stagnated.
The position is identical to feeding on the side, but the mother is on the elbow. As a result, the mammary gland hangs over the baby, which helps to increase the flow of milk. This posture should be used during hypolactation in order to stimulate milk production, if necessary, with its increased consumption. It is good for returning the baby from the bottle to the breast, as it facilitates the process of “getting” food from it.
- Lie on your side, stand on your elbow.
- Put the baby on the flank, press his tummy to his stomach.
- Put your chest in your mouth with your free hand.
It is difficult to feed in such a position for a long time, as the hand on which you lean quickly becomes numb. Therefore, use it only in "special" situations.
Pose for feeding a newborn baby while sitting is used traditionally and widely. Allow mom to "crouch" to quickly feed the baby. Convenient if you put the baby to sleep, since from this position it is easier to get up and move the baby into the crib.
For convenient feeding pick up the right place. This may be a sofa or a chair with soft armrests. Some women note the comfort of rocking chairs, in which they can take a nap, even feeding in a sitting position.
The classic position in which the baby is located in the mother’s arms. It is the most comfort for the baby, which can take a position close to that in which it was in my mother's tummy. But for mom, it is not so convenient. With long-term feeding, a woman’s back is numb, especially if she is leaning forward. To avoid unpleasant sensations, even if you sat up with the child in your arms, it is better to lean back slightly on the pillow or backrest.
- Sit on the sofa, take a comfortable position.
- Take the crumbs on his hands so that his head is placed on the elbow.
- Turn it and hold it to his belly. Grab your free hand on the ass, you can just above to support the back.
- Make sure that the mouth is located just below the nipple, but capture is possible.
- Give the chest. Put the hand holding the head on the pillow.
First, you will need a high pillow, as you will need to hold your hand high enough. Make sure the crumbs head is thrown back. So he will be able to breathe freely with a spout and fully suck milk from the breast.
The position will help you in feeding the newborn baby, who has not yet learned to grab the nipple well. It provides the best fixation of the head, in which the mouth is closest to the chest.
- Sit on the sofa, put a pillow on your knees.
- Take the child with your right hand, hold the head with your palm. Fix it with your fingers, while the arm supports the back and shoulders.
- Bring the baby to the left breast, hand put it in the mouth, hold it.
- Make sure the grip is correct, then you do not need to hold it with your hand.
- Place the child’s hand on the pad.
In this position, the main load is placed on the hand fixing the baby, so she can tire. While the baby is there, you can gently change hands. Or, making sure that the baby sucks the breast properly, shift it into a regular crib.
From under the arm
The position is rarely used by nursing moms, however, for convenience, it is not inferior to the classic crib. It will also be useful in solving some problems. “After a cesarean section, you can use this position to relieve pressure in the area of the painful abdomen,” comments Irina Ryukhova, GV consultant. - Also, it will be useful if the mother has flat nipples that the baby is difficult to capture.She will help calm the hyperactive baby and provide comfortable feeding when the baby “wriggles out” in her usual postures, not allowing her mother to keep him ”.
- Sit comfortably, put a pillow or cushion under the waist. Place another pillow on the side you plan to feed.
- Take the crumb with your right hand, put his legs behind your back.
- Turn the baby's tummy to your side and lock the head and neck with your palms. In this case, the elbow holds the ass.
- Make sure that the mouth is located at the level of the nipple, put in his chest.
- Put your hand with the baby on the pillow.
In this position, only the head of the baby peeps out from under the hand of the mother. A good support will save your hand from fatigue, so for support choose a high and dense pillow.
On your knees
Pose for grown up kids, which they themselves master perfectly. Older kids "catch" so mom crouched on the couch to attach to the chest. You can use it when the baby begins to sit, that is, after six months.
- Sit on the sofa, lean on the back.
- Sit the child on your knees facing you. Put his legs behind his back.
- Offer a crumbs any breasts.
In this position, the baby can look at his mother and even communicate with her, sucking milk. That's why she likes so much most babies.
It resembles a classic cradle, in which the mother stands and slowly shakes her crumbs. Allows you to calm the upset child, helps him fall asleep.
- Take the baby in your arms.
- Position the head on the elbow, with the same hand hold under the ass.
- Deploy the tummy to your stomach, feed your chest with your free hand.
It is convenient to feed and wiggle the newborn baby with one hand. When the child grows up, it is better to hold it with both hands.
Position for babies prone to frequent regurgitation. The crumb is vertical, so it eats calmly, without swallowing the air. It allows reducing the intensity of milk outflow in women with hyperlactation, solves the problem of choking a child.
- Take the baby in your arms.
- Holding under the ass, fix the head just below the nipple.
- Put your chest in your mouth with your free hand.
Usually in such positions, babies quickly find the breast on their own. The location below the nipple causes them to raise the head and widely open mouth. This helps the correct capture of the breast.
The situation for older children who are attached to the "mother's system" for pleasure or to calm down.
- Get on your knees.
- Hug the child by the shoulders and ass, hold him tight.
- Let him take the breast himself and suck it as needed.
Typically, these "snacks" takes just a couple of minutes. After that, the child returns to the games.
Feeding in a sling is useful for a walk or in the cares of the house. Fixing the baby on the breast of the mother creates a close contact, in which the crumb must ask to feed him.
- Free the breast, feed it to the baby.
- Watch out for the right grip: usually the baby's head is above the level of the nipple in a sling. If feeding causes discomfort, move the baby to a reclining position.
Having mastered the feeding technique in the sling, you can easily feed in any conditions: at home and on the street.
No matter how detailed experts describe the correct postures for feeding a newborn, each pair of mother-baby will have its own nuances. So says American lactation consultant, pediatrics professor Susan Colson.
In 2008, she presented her dissertation on breastfeeding as a natural process of mother-child interaction. And she suggested the practice of not imposing any poses for feeding, replacing them with “self-applying”.
Self-priming technique allows mom to relax as much as possible. And the baby himself to find a comfortable position for attachment. The professor "peeped" her in the animal world, where mothers simply lean back on their back or sideways, allowing the children to find the nipple themselves and start feeding.
Recommendations for women as simple as possible.
- Free the breast and strip the baby. In the technique of self priming, skin to skin contact is important.
- Lie down on a sofa or sit in a chair where you will be most comfortable. Use pillows to support the head, back, legs. The most comfortable posture reclining. Turn on the TV if it helps you relax.
- Place the baby on your belly. Maintain his hands, as a rule, not necessary.
- Touch the baby's cheek, help him grab the nipple deeply. Good grip is obtained by placing the mouth below the nipple.
- Cover yourself and your baby with a cozy blanket when he grabs the nipple, and relax while nursing.
Kids love to sleep, lying on my mother's tummy. You too can relax while the pussy sucks. If the head starts to fall on its side, support it with your hand. For convenience, lean your arm around the back of the sofa or put a pillow under it.
All poses for feeding the child are presented in the form of general recommendations. Every mother will be able to find the most comfortable positions using these techniques. Through the use of different positions is achieved not only the convenience of breastfeeding, but also effective prevention of problems of the mammary glands: cracks, lactostasis, mastitis.
Breast feeding on the go:
Way "Feedingon the run "needed if the baby cries, worries under breastfeeding , can not relax or if you go somewhere. In such a situation, a baby up to 3 months should be swaddled, feed his chest and walk, rocking with each step, either right or left, or just slowly, not hurrying to walk:
With older children, instead of swaddling, use a thin blanket or thick sheet. Wrap the baby, creating him a kind of "cocoon". In most cases, it quickly calms the child. If you have a sling in your arsenal, it will be ideal for feedings on the go, and help your mother unload her hands. Baby is also convenient, but only when the sling is worn correctly.
No need to focus on teaching the child to suck properly. Believe me, your baby can do it! (Of course, now we are talking about neurologically healthy full-term babies.)
In 2008, Professor and Lactation Consultant Susan Colson wrote a dissertation on breastfeeding. She gave this process a special term “biological nurturing”. This is translated into Russian as “self-application”. In this position, mother is offered to relax as much as possible, and for the baby to find a comfortable position for feeding.
Animals, as a rule, simply recline on a back or on a side. And the cubs themselves are looking for the nipple. This position is also convenient if there is too much milk and the crumb is choked.
Correct posture for feeding - not quite the correct name. But comfortable poses for feeding are those poses in which it is convenient for you! The best posture for feeding is where the mother is least tired and can communicate with her baby.
Take your time, enjoy this moment of close interaction with your child!
This is the most famous pose for breastfeeding, when the baby is lying on the arms of the mother, as in a cozy crib. Consider how to keep your baby feeding in the “cradle” position:
- the head of the baby must be placed on the elbow bend of the arm, located on the same side as the chest, to which the crumb will be applied,
- the brush of the same hand is necessary to support the back or the baby's ass,
- the palm of the other hand should be placed in the lumbar region of the child,
- Mom should unroll the newborn to herself and press him to her belly.
There is another type of pose that is called the “Crosscrib”. Its differences are as follows.
- The body of the baby is completely located on the forearm of the bent hand of the mother, who with the brush of this hand supports him just below the back,
- With the palm of the second hand, she should hold the head of the infant.
With such a posture for breastfeeding, the mother can direct and press the baby’s head to the chest to ensure a deep grip of the areola and nipple. As a rule, this help and correction is necessary for premature or weakened children. Also, this position is suitable for the first days of feeding the newborn, when he is just learning to suck milk. Read the important article: Breastfeeding >>>
Holding the baby in the “cradle” position, the mother herself can take different positions:
- sit in a chair or on a chair
- sit on the bed or the floor with your legs crossed in Turkish,
- sit on fitball,
- stand or walk around the room.
The last two poses are used if the mother is also trying to rock the baby so that he quickly falls asleep.
It should be noted that for a woman, all types of “cradle” are not considered the most convenient postures for feeding a newborn. If the process lasts more than 15 minutes, then her back can start to hurt and her hands get numb. To alleviate these symptoms, she is recommended to sit back and change the arm that holds the child more often.
Important! For greater convenience, with a sitting position under the bent arm, which holds the weight of the infant, you can put a pillow. There is even a special pillow, a boomerang with ties at the back, allowing it to be fixed under the mother’s breast.
The baby in the “cradle” position feels cozy and safe, can tightly embrace the nipple and firmly hold it during the whole feeding. In this position, he quickly eats up, and the heat from his mother's body warms his tummy, which improves the digestive process.
Not very comfortable, but quite useful posture for feeding. The child needs to be put on a bed, having slightly turned it on a flank. Mom should stand near the baby on all fours, as if hanging over him. In this position, the milk goes down to the bottom of the breast and causes the nipple to swell.
This position is suitable for the prevention of all types of lactostasis (Important article on the topic: Lactostasis in a nursing mother >>>). Also, this position must be mastered by those who ask themselves the question: “How to feed with a small breast?”.
In this position, both the mother and the newborn are lying on the bed facing each other. Mom's head should be on a pillow or lean on a bent arm. The head of the baby can be located on the elbow bend of my mother's hand or on a specially laid pillow. With the other hand you can:
- pull the crumbs to yourself
- pat him on the back,
- hold your chest.
Getting acquainted with how to feed a newborn with breast milk correctly while lying, it is important to remember that it must be placed on its side. If only his head is turned, it will significantly complicate the process of swallowing milk. For better fixation of the baby, you can put a special roller under the back of his back.
The convenience of this position lies in the fact that the child can be fed with one and the other with the breast, without turning over and shifting. To feed the upper breast, the mother only needs to turn more on its side, slightly leaning over the baby.
Another variation of the "lying down" position is the location of the mother and child "jack." This is considered a very useful posture for feeding with lactostasis, since in this way the baby’s chin is directed towards the upper segments of the mammary glands, which contributes to more complete emptying of this area from milk and prevents its congestion.
Pose "lying" is convenient for use:
- in nighttime,
- with a long feeding process,
- after cesarean section.
It is also recommended to use this position for feeding during episiotomy (sutures on the perineum).
Pose "The child is sitting"
In this position, the mother should sit down the crumb in front of her so that his head is at the level of her breast. The child can be placed on the mother’s lap, with one of its legs bent and pressed against the mother’s belly, and the second one is set aside. Also, the baby can be put on the mother's thigh. Then both of his legs will hang down freely. About when the child can begin to sit down, you can learn from the article: When does the child start to sit? >>>
While feeding, the mother needs to support the newborn by the hand with the head or the back with one hand, and with the other hand to slightly raise or press her breast.
Such an arrangement for feeding is suitable in such cases:
- child over 6 months
- pussy often belches,
- the baby has a nose or ear ache,
- milk flows from the breast very strongly,
- the newborn swallows a lot of milk.
Since in this position the baby is not very closely pressed to the mother and has a wide range of views, he can often be distracted. It is necessary to ensure that the baby constantly sucks milk and does not allow him to turn his head very much.
For mother, this posture is convenient in that it allows her to significantly reduce the load on her hands (at the age of six months, children weigh about 8 kg). But, on the other hand, with this arrangement, the child will not be able to climb or transfer to another place without interrupting the feeding process.
Pose "Top on Mom"
This position has several other names:
- relaxed feeding.
Pose for feeding by a breast "From above on mother"
It can be considered as another kind of ways to breastfeed lying down. Mom needs to lie on the bed (it is better to put some pillows under the head and under the arms), and put the baby on top of her belly. The baby will intuitively find the nipple, the mother should only support him and slightly guide.
This position allows the woman to relax and unwind while nursing. It is also recommended for hyperlactation or strong milk flow. In the position “on top of the mother,” the child will not choke, since the pressure of the milk will significantly weaken.
How to successfully breastfeed while avoiding gas and constipation, learn from the course Safe nutrition for nursing mothers >>>
Rules for comfortable posture for feeding
In order for mother and baby to be comfortable during feeding, the following factors must be taken into account.
- In any position, the baby’s body should be in the same plane. It is important to ensure that the head, chest, abdomen and legs are turned to one side. Otherwise, muscle clamps may occur in the newborn, which lead to difficulty swallowing,
- Do not allow the head to be overturned or tilted forward. Mom hand must properly fix the head of the baby. However, you should not press it too much, because many children may not like it,
- It is necessary to ensure that the baby’s mouth is always at the nipple level. You also need to look out for the crumb to breathe freely while eating,
- It is important to remember that you need to attach the child to the chest, and not to bend to it,
- During feeding, the mother needs to get comfortable as possible. You have to sit up straight, not rolling to the side. It is recommended to lean your back on a vertical surface. Use pillows, rolled blankets or large towels. They should be placed under the lower back, back or arms, so that with prolonged feeding to avoid the occurrence of pain,
- When using the posture of feeding lying on your side, it is advisable to put a special roller under your back, and to clamp a dense cushion between your legs.
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Improper positioning of a woman or infant when he eats can lead to various problems, such as:
- cracking nipples
- swallowing baby air
- the occurrence of stagnation in the mammary glands.
With an uncomfortable position, the baby will find it difficult to suck out milk, so he may be tired before he has enough time to eat and remain hungry.
There is no one correct posture for feeding a newborn suitable for permanent use. It is recommended during the day to change the position of the child. This has an important practical meaning, since in this way emptying of all segments of the breast is ensured and the occurrence of milk stagnation is prevented.
In the Soviet books on parenting this position was suggested as the only correct one. Its essence lies in the fact that the mother sits and presses the baby to her hands. This position is quite good for short feeding - it can be used not only at home, but also as a guest or even on a journey. The main thing - to find a place where you can sit down. Sit, hugging the baby, mother is comfortable for 15 minutes, then her back and arms get tired. Walkthrough:
- Mom sits on a chair or in a chair. You can sit on a stool or bench, but then the back gets tired even faster, it is better to have a support.
- The mother takes the child in her arms: the head lies on the crook of the elbow of one hand, the loin is in the palm of the other. Legs comfortable support forearm.
- The baby is lying, turning his mother's tummy.
- With the usual “cradle”, the baby lies with its head in the direction of the breast, from which it sucks, and the mother’s main burden is on this hand.
Grown up baby in the "cradle" feels more free
Cross or reverse "cradle"
Such a position for feeding a newborn may be fine, but an older child will be difficult to hold in a similar position due to weight. In this position, the mother supports the infant with the hand opposite to the nursing breast. It turns out that it lies completely on the arm. In this case, you can release the second hand to drink tea or read briefly.
- Мама ложится на бок, немного подогнув ноги, ее голова лежит на высокой подушке, плечо расположено ниже.
- Головку ребенка укладывают на сгиб локтя или на постель, а его ножки упираются в мамины колени.
- Мама дает нижнюю грудь.
Такая поза хороша для всех. It can feed the newborn women who still can not sit after childbirth. The posture is also comfortable for older moms of youngsters, because this is a good reason to lie down to rest.
When joint sleep is practiced, lying on its side allows you to feed the baby at any time without any hassle, but it must be remembered that you should not breastfeed twice a row. It is necessary either to roll over on the other side, or to master the pose with feeding from the upper mammary gland.
The difference with the previous lying position is that the baby needs to be slightly raised so that he can reach the upper breast. This is easy to do if you put the head and back on your arm and your legs on your foot. Mom tilts her shoulder a little, and the upper chest becomes available.
With this posture, problems can arise if the mammary glands are small. In this case, the mother should lie on her stomach (fully or partially), it is convenient to put her hand under her head. In a hollow between the bed and the upper breast they put the child, then the upper breast is right at his face.
For convenience, you can also use a small rigid pad or roller.
Pose from under the arm
This position for feeding infants is also called "anti-crisis" or "grabbing the ball", because the crumbs of the head are held in the hand. To support the child, you can use a roller from a blanket or pillow, both regular and special. In this position, one hand remains free, but for the mother does not fit an ordinary chair, as for the crib, you will need a chair with wide armrests. You can sit on the bed, with the opportunity to solve some of the problems that arise during lactation.
The pose from under the arm is relevant in cases of:
- wrong nipple grip
- cracked nipples,
- lactostasis (stagnation in the mammary glands) (we recommend reading: what to do with lactostasis for treatment?),
- "Lazy sucker".
How does this posture help? It gives you more control and a little more freedom, because one hand remains free. Mom sees well how the baby takes the breast and with the wrong grip the nipple can straighten so that the child should stick properly and not catch the air.
Often the baby is not gaining weight well, this may be due to the fact that he is the so-called "lazy sucker." He can quickly tire of sucking and even falling asleep without eating properly. In this case, the mother can with her free hand shake the baby or move the nipple in his mouth. Usually it helps, and when the child gets stronger, he will be more vigorous and more active in eating himself.
Cracks may form on the nipples, especially when the mother feeds in the same position. A change of position helps ease feeding, makes it less painful, and speeds healing of wounds. Approximately the same mechanism and with lactostasis - if there is stagnation in some lobes of the mammary gland, it is often enough to change the location, and the problem will be solved quickly.
Since the most popular postures for feeding, when the chin is directed to the mother's abdomen, the upper lobes of the breast dissolve the worst. To avoid stagnation, it is necessary to feed in different positions - in the position from under the arm, the upper lobes are well sucked out.
Option "lying jack"
Relaxation posture can be as relaxed as possible if you lie down. A small disadvantage of lying down posture is that mom needs to lie down in the middle of the bed to leave room for the baby. You can put your hand under your head, but it numb quickly, so you should take a high pillow.
- Mom is located above the child, the breast is fed to the baby from above.
- The woman holds his hand a little to the side and hangs over the baby, as it were, to feed him.
For this version of the posture for feeding you need to adjust a little, but it is good because in this case all lobes of the breast are easily absorbed and emptied. If problems arise and there is stagnation in the mammary gland, then for a more complete suction of milk, the mother can feed on all fours on the bed above the baby.
You can sit head to foot or vice versa, stand across your child. A nursing mother will feel exactly what shares need resorption, and select the appropriate position. All variants of such a position are good in that the force of gravity helps to suck, because the nipple is pointing down, so the child is much easier.
The name "Australian" is associated with something exotic. In fact, this position when the mother is lying on her back, and the baby - a tummy on her stomach. Another name is “telephone”.
This posture for breastfeeding is suitable in two cases:
- Mom is comfortable posture when lying supine,
- milk is too easily sucked from the breast or flows by itself.
In the second case, the direction of the nipple down can lead to the fact that the child chokes on the pressure of milk. Then the position of "phone" is absolutely indispensable.
Apply these poses for feeding usually have only in the first six months of life of the baby. Later, when he gets stronger and learn how to crawl, he himself will choose the position during feeding, in which he is comfortable to eat. They sometimes resemble acrobatic figures and simply amaze parents.