The Laid-back Position
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.”
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.
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.