Though the concept of breastfeeding may seem a bit simple, the reality is far from truth. If a mother is aware about the various positions about feeding their baby it will provide them with a satisfying experience. So what is the best position for breastfeeding baby? A number of positions are there and each one has its pros along with pitfalls associated with it. But the basic fact is that for breastfeeding to be successful the mother has to be in a position that they are comfortable. It should provide them with plenty of support
Position of cross cradle
This may seem to be the best position for feeding your baby. You are seated in a comfortable chair with arm rests. The baby needs to be held in the crook of your arm, across the breast you are feeding the baby from. With an open hand, the back of the baby’s head should be supported. The other hand should be used to support the breast from underneath. Do not lean forward or backward as you will have to guide the baby to your breast.
Position of cradle hold
Once you cradle the baby on your lap, they should be lying by your side resting by their neck or shoulder. The level of mouth should be with your nipple. If the need arises, you can use pillows to lift the baby and support the elbows. Pillow support is bound to be needed in the first few weeks when the size of the baby is small. In some cases, you will also need to support your breast.
What happens in this position is that the head of the baby is resting on your forearm with the back on your palm or inner arm. Now how do you find out whether the baby has latched on properly? The mouth of your baby should cover half inch of the dark area of your nipple. To ensure that the baby is resting properly, see to it that the head along with bottom is on level with each other.
Position of clutch
Mothers who might have had a C section might find this position to be comfortable as the baby is kept away from the incision. The head of the baby is supported by your hand and the arm is used to support the back. The other arm is used to support the breast. Ideally the baby should face you with mouth at nipple height. If the baby is small, pillows may be needed to bring the baby at the correct height.
Side lying position
Of all the positions this works out to be the most comfortable. This is especially in the first few weeks of pregnancy when more rest is needed for the baby. If the need arises, rely on the use of pillows behind your back or on the knees.
Whatever breastfeeding position you choose, one thing is for sure it will only take a single minute for the process to begin. Once the baby latches on to the nipples, milk will ooze out.