The Side-lying Position
Dr Joshi explains, “Both mother and baby lay on their sides facing each other. The mother’s body is at an angle to the bed as she leans slightly backwards into the pillow behind her back. The mother can make use of pillows behind her back and between her knees to help get comfortable. A pillow or rolled blanket behind the baby’s back from his neck below, will keep him from rolling away from her.”
“Make sure the baby doesn’t strain to reach your nipple. Moreover, you shouldn’t bend down towards him. Lift your breasts with your fingers to help your baby reach your nipples,” advises Dr Jayaseelan. It can also be challenging for some new mothers. Before trying this position, it is better if your baby can latch first.
It is usually a comfortable position for both mothers and babies who can latch on with ease. It is ideal for night-time feeding.
Dr Jayaseelan says, “It is suitable for mothers who have had C-section and is best for night-time feeds when both of them are sleepy, but essential for the baby to get a good night’s sleep.” Dr Joshi advises, “Mothers also experience less fatigue when nursing in this side-lying position. It is a good way to sooth the baby to sleep.”