The Laid-back Po­si­tion

Mother & Baby - - BREASTFEEDING -

HOW TO:

This po­si­tion is also knows as Bi­o­log­i­cal Nur­tur­ing. Dr Jayasee­lan says, “In this po­si­tion, you get com­fort­able with your baby and are able to en­cour­age his nat­u­ral breast­feed­ing in­stincts. Lie down on your back so that it is well­sup­ported. Now, put your baby on the ch­est. Grav­ity will help your baby to be in po­si­tion with you.” Fur­ther adding, Dr Joshi em­pha­sises on the fact that moth­ers who are try­ing it for the first time, can latch the baby in a cross-cra­dle hold and then move back­wards in semire­cline po­si­tion. How­ever, Dr Coelho says, “Your baby can rest on you in any di­rec­tion, as long as his front is against yours and he can reach your breast. You can help by di­rect­ing the nip­ple to­wards your lit­tle ones mouth. Once the baby is set up at your breast, you don’t have to do much be­sides lay back and re­lax.”

BEN­E­FITS:

Dr Joshi opines, “It is a re­laxed and com­fort­able po­si­tion. Your baby’s weight is sup­ported by the mother’s body, and thus there is no pres­sure on her arms. This is the op­ti­mal po­si­tion for the re­lease of prim­i­tive neona­tal re­flexes that stim­u­late breast­feed­ing.” The baby can nat­u­rally latch on in this po­si­tion with­out putting in much ef­fort.

LIM­I­TA­TIONS:

The only draw­back to this hold is that new moth­ers could find it chal­leng­ing. More­over, make sure that if you’re re­clin­ing on a chair or sofa, that you do not fall asleep with your baby. You could lose your hold on him and may even drop him so be ex­tra cau­tious. SUIT­ABLE FOR: Dr Jioshi says, “It is rec­om­mended for ba­bies when fac­ing breast­feed­ing dif­fi­cul­ties due to force­ful ejec­tion of milk.” It is also suit­able for moth­ers with small breasts.

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