- Good positioning helps to ensure that your baby suckles well and helps you to produce a good supply of breast milk.
- The four key points about your baby’s position are: straight, facing the breast, close, and supported:
- The baby’s body should be straight, not bent or twisted, but with the head slightly back.
- The baby’s body should be facing the breast, not held flat to your chest or stomach, and he or she should be able to look up into your face.
- The baby should be close to you.
- You should support the baby’s whole body, not just the neck and shoulders, with your hand and arm.
- There are different ways to position your baby:
- Cradle position (most commonly used)
- Cross cradle position (good for small babies)
- Side-lying position (use to rest while breastfeeding and at night)
- Under-arm position (use after caesarean section, if your nipples are painful or if you are breastfeeding twins or a small baby)
Note for community worker: If an older baby is well-attached and suckling well, there is no need to change position.