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Breastfeeding Positions – side lying

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The side-lying position for breastfeeding – a comfortable and convenient alternative to traditional breastfeeding positions. So let’s dive right in and learn how to master this cozy feeding technique! 🤱💤

3 reasons to try the side-lying breastfeeding position

  1. Snooze while you nurse: The side-lying position allows you to breastfeed while lying down, making it perfect for nighttime feedings or when you need some rest.
  2. Recovery time: If you’re recovering from a cesarean birth or experiencing back pain, the side-lying position can help you nurse comfortably without adding extra strain.
  3. Switch it up: It’s always great to have multiple breastfeeding positions in your arsenal to accommodate your and your baby’s changing needs and preferences.

5 steps to get the perfect latch in the side lying breastfeeding position

  1. Get comfy: Lie down on your side, using pillows to support your head, neck, and back. You can also place a pillow between your knees for added comfort.
  2. Baby alignment: Position your baby on their side, facing your breast, with their head at nipple level. Use your arm or a small pillow to support their back.
  3. Latch and feed: Encourage your baby to latch by tickling their lips with your nipple. Once they open their mouth wide, bring them closer to your breast, ensuring they take a deep latch with both the nipple and surrounding areola.
  4. Safety first: To reduce the risk of rolling onto your baby, keep your bottom arm extended above their head and use a pillow behind their back to keep them in place.
  5. Finishing up: After your baby has finished feeding, gently remove them from your breast by breaking the suction with your pinky finger. Always remember to place your baby on their back to sleep, separate from your bed, to ensure a safe sleeping environment.

Is side lying position safe for breastfeeding

Side-lying breastfeeding, when done correctly, is not dangerous. In fact, it can be a comfortable and beneficial position for both the mother and baby. However, it’s important to follow certain safety precautions and guidelines to ensure the well-being of you and your little one during side-lying breastfeeding sessions.

Safety tips for side-lying breastfeeding:

  • Ensure a clear breathing space for the baby: Make sure your baby’s nose and mouth are clear, and they can breathe easily. Avoid placing your arm or any blankets, pillows, or other items near the baby’s face that could obstruct their breathing.
  • Maintain proper alignment: Keep your baby’s body in line with yours to facilitate a good latch and prevent any strain on the baby’s neck or spine.
  • Be mindful of the surface: Breastfeed on a firm, flat surface, such as a bed or a mattress on the floor. Avoid using soft, plush surfaces or waterbeds, as they can pose a suffocation risk.
  • Keep the area free from hazards: Remove any loose blankets, pillows, or stuffed toys near the baby to minimize the risk of suffocation or overheating.
  • Monitor your own fatigue level: If you’re extremely tired, it’s important to ensure you don’t accidentally fall asleep while breastfeeding in the side-lying position, as this can pose risks to the baby. If you feel drowsy, try switching to a different breastfeeding position or ask someone to supervise the feeding session.

Side lying is a safe and comfortable breastfeeding position for you and your baby

As long as you follow these safety precautions, side-lying breastfeeding can be a safe and comfortable position for both you and your baby. It can be particularly helpful for mothers recovering from a cesarean birth or those who need to rest while nursing. Keep in mind that it may take some practice to get the hang of the side-lying position. Give yourself and your baby some time to adjust, and get the right support.

Getting the right support for breastfeeding

Did you know that we have a breastfeeding course in The Due Date Club?

Our course covers everything from the basics of breastfeeding to more advanced techniques and problem-solving strategies. You’ll learn how to overcome common breastfeeding challenges like latching difficulties, low milk supply, and nipple soreness.

So, if you’re a new mother or expectant mother who wants to make the most of your breastfeeding journey, join our Breastfeeding Course today. We’ll give you all the support and guidance you need to feel confident and empowered as you nourish your baby.

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