Be patient with yourself as you learn to breastfeed. Know that breastfeeding takes practice. Give yourself 2 - 3 weeks to get the hang of it.
Learn how to position your baby to breastfeed. Know how to hold your baby in different positions so your nipples don’t get sore and to empty your breasts of milk.
You will be more comfortable nursing if you know how to position your baby at your breast. Find a position that works well for you and your baby. Learn about breastfeeding.
This hold works best for full-term babies. Some new mothers have trouble guiding the baby’s mouth to their breast in this hold. If you have had a C-section, your baby may put too much pressure on your stomach in this hold.
Here’s is a how to do cradle hold:
Use the football hold if you had a C-section. This hold is good for babies that have trouble latching on because you have a lot of control over guiding their head. Women with large breasts or flat nipples also like the football hold.
SIDE LYING POSITION
Use this position if you had a C-section or a hard delivery, making sitting up hard. You can use this position when you are lying in bed.
Breastfeeding positions; Bonding with your baby
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Updated by: Linda J. Vorvick, MD, Medical Director and Director of Didactic Curriculum, MEDEX Northwest Division of Physician Assistant Studies, Department of Family Medicine, UW Medicine, School of Medicine, University of Washington. Also reviewed by David Zieve, MD, MHA, Medical Director, A.D.A.M. Health Solutions, Ebix, Inc.
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