Nursing Positions

NURSING POSITIONS THAT CAN HELP TO CLEAR DUCT BLOCKAGES, EASE YOUR BABIES DIGESTION & LET YOU REST WHILE FEEDING.

Once you've got breastfeeding under control and you feel confident and pain-free in a traditional hold, we recommend trying out some different positions.  

LET'S EXPLORE SOME NURSING POSITIONS.

There is no right or wrong way to hold your baby when you feed. As long as you've got a good attachment, go forth and experiment.

If you have a blocked duct, try nursing in a position where the sore duct is above your bubs head. This puts gravity on your side to help clear it. 

If your bub is struggling to handle the speed of your milk flow, try lying down to slow it down. 

The lying down position is also handy for those night feeds when you just can't fathom more than rolling over and pulling your baby in close - even better, you can both stay pretty close to asleep for whole feed, and just drift back to la-la-land without moving when bub is done.

If your bub struggles with burping, hiccups or wind, you can nurse with bub upright in the 'koala hold' shown below.  In this position trapped air is moved to the top of the digestive system and expelled more efficiently throughout the feed.

Check out some of the common nursing holds below:

 

Traditional Cradle Hold


Football Hold

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Koala Hold

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Lying Down

 

Try not to get at all worked up about nursing positions.  If you're struggling and you find a position that works, stick with it.  If you've been nursing for ages and you're up for some variation, get experimenting!

Like pretty much everything to do with nursing, we recommend doing whatever works best for you and your little one.