There are 4 common breastfeeding positions for you and your baby to try and choose the one that will be the most comfortable and useful of all. You may also find each of them to be practical in different situations; For instance, some breastfeeding positions could be easier to use in public, some when you are too tired to get up from the bed, or after a c-section.
The most familiar of all breastfeeding positions is called “the cradle hold”- your baby’s back is lying above your forearm when your elbow “crook” is supporting his neck and head. For this position there is less need for a breastfeeding pillow, therefore it is especially easy to be used outdoors.
More breastfeeding positions for you to test are “The cross-cradle hold” and “the football hold”. The first is recommended mostly for babies with weaker sucking who find it difficult to stay connected to the breast. Of all breastfeeding positions, it provides the greatest support for the baby’s head, as the palm of your hand holds his neck. Basically, it is very similar to the cradle hold, only now the supporting hand would be the opposing one to the breast in use.
The second one, “the football hold,” is most common in situations of c-sections or in twins’ labor. Whereas In most breastfeeding positions the baby’s body is facing yours, here it is lying on your side, leaving the cut of the c-section protected and untouched, and room for a second baby on your other side. Moreover, out of all breastfeeding positions, this posture is the only one in which his face (and not his body) is facing yours, forming the greatest and nicest eye contact between you and your baby.
The last of the 4 breastfeeding positions are referred to as “the side-lying” position- this position is extra special as it permits you to keep on sleeping while breastfeeding… your baby is lying on his back next to you while you’re lying on your side, each body facing the other. In my opinion this is the most fun and bonding position, however, the least safe and extra caution should be taken not to unintentionally squeeze the baby’s body!