Maximizing sleep is usually on every families mind when they’ve got a young baby.
Side-lying is an amazing position that can be a useful tool in helping mom and baby get more rest at night, as well as during the day. Many families find this position gets easier with time and as baby grows. First work on getting baby latched comfortably in some of the other positions and work your way up to side lying.
Many find it helpful to practice side lying during the day in order to be more successful at night.
Here are some side lying tips:
- You may need a pillow between your knees and behind lower back to get some extra support
- The pillow under your head can be pulled all the way to the opposite side of baby to ensure it is not a suffocation risk
- A pillow or rolled blanket behind the baby’s back will keep him from rolling away from you
- The baby can be cradled in your arm with his back along your forearm
- Ensure baby is positioned tummy to tummy with you and have his hips flexed and his ear, shoulder and hip in one line helps your baby get milk more easily