Here are some positions in which you can hold your baby while breastfeeding. You can choose the one(s) that you and your baby feel most comfortable in. No matter which one you choose, make sure your baby's mouth is near your nipple and he/she doesn't have to turn his/her head to breastfeed. For most positions, your baby should be on his/her side with his/her whole body facing yours. This helps him/her to properly "latch on" to the nipple. Try using pillows under your arms, elbows, neck or back, or under the baby for support.
1. Cradle Hold:
This is a commonly used position that is comfortable for most mothers. Hold your baby with his head on your forearm and his/her whole body facing yours.
2. Cross Cradle or Transitional Hold:
This is good for premature babies or babies who are having problems latching on. Hold your baby along the opposite arm from the breast you are using. Support baby's head with the palm of your hand at the base of his/her neck.
3. Clutch or "Football" Hold:
This is good for mothers with large breasts or inverted nipples. Hold your baby at your side, lying on his/her back, with his/her head at the level of your nipple. Support baby's head with the palm of your hand at the base of his/her head.
4. Side-Lying Position:
This allows mother to rest or sleep while baby nurses. Good for mothers who had a Cesarean birth. Lie on your side with your baby facing you. Pull baby close and guide his/her mouth to your nipple.