You can place your baby in various positions for a feed. You can keep changing them over the course of your breastfeeding period.
It is important to find a relaxed, comfortable position for yourself; latching on should not hurt your nipples and the baby should suck effectively.
In the early days it can be helpful to put a breastfeeding pillow on your lap. It is a good idea to vary your breastfeeding position often over the course of the day to relieve your nipples and ensure that each breast is emptied evenly.
You can avoid breastfeeding problems like sore nipples, not enough milk, engorgement, etc. by positioning the baby as well as possible right from the start. After a few days of practice you will be able to enjoy carefree breastfeeding.
To get each feed off to the best possible start you should hold the baby so that the ear, shoulder and hip are in line and the baby is facing towards you, the baby’s mouth is on a level with your nipple, the tip of the nose and the chin touch the breast throughout the feed, the baby’s upper and lower lips are pushed out, your arm is supported and your shoulders are relaxed.
Breastfeeding lying down
You and your baby lie on one side close together, so that your tummies are touching. This position is particularly good at night or if you want to rest while you feed during the day.
Tummy to tummy (intuitive breastfeeding)
You sit or lie half-upright with your upper body comfortably supported by cushions. The baby lies on her tummy on your naked breast; she may be either naked or dressed.
Breastfeeding while sitting
Classic cradle hold
The baby lies on her side supported by your arm so that her whole body is facing towards you. Your hand supports her bottom.
Cross cradle hold
The baby lies on her side supported by your arm and her whole body is facing towards you. When you put her to your right breast you hold her with your left arm so that your forearm is supporting her and her head is resting on your hand.