Different breastfeeding positions

It is of the utmost importance to ensure that both you and your baby are comfortable and well supported when deciding on a specific breastfeeding position. Every mother and baby is unique in their physical characteristics. Over time, you and your baby will discover which breastfeeding position works best for the two of you.

Cradle Breastfeeding Position

  • Use pillows to help support the weight of your baby and to bring baby to the level of your nipple;
  • While sitting in an upright supported position, cradle your baby in the arm closest to the breast you would like to feed on;
  • Hold your baby’s head in the crook of your arm;
  • Your baby should be facing you tummy-to-tummy;
  • Use your opposite hand to support your breast so that your baby can latch on successfully;
  • Bring your baby to your breast, not your breast to your baby;
  • This position works best if you are still learning to breastfeed.

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Cross Cradle Breastfeeding Position

  • Use pillows to help support the weight of your baby and to bring baby to the level of your nipple;
  • While sitting in an upright supported position, hold your baby across your lap using the arm opposite to the breast that you would like to feed on; take special care supporting baby’s head and neck;
  • Your baby should be on its side, facing you tummy-to-tummy;
  • Use the same-sided hand to support your breast;
  • This position works well if you are still learning to breastfeed.

Football Hold Breastfeeding Position

  • Hold your baby’s back and shoulders in the palm of your hand;
  • Position your baby so that its head is in line with your breast and its legs and trunk are tucked under your armpit;
  • Support the breast to help baby latch on successfully;
  • Bring your baby to your breast, not your breast to your baby;
  • This position works best for mothers who have a small baby, large breasts, or who have had a caesarean section;
  • This position also works well if you are still learning to breastfeed or feeding more than one baby at a time.

Cradle Breastfeeding Position

  • Lie on your side so that you and your baby are facing each other;
  • Prop yourself up with your elbow and use your other hand to position your breast so that baby can latch on successfully;
  • Position your baby on its side and pull baby close to you so that its mouth is in line with your nipple;
  • Bring your baby to your breast, not your breast to your baby;
  • Once your baby is latched correctly, you can lie back down;
  • This position works best for mothers who have a small baby, large breasts, flat or sore nipples, or who have had a caesarean section

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