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Positions

There are many positions you can use to breastfeed your baby. Choose positions that feel most comfortable for you. Your baby should be in a position that allows for a deep latch and easy swallowing.

Here are some general tips for positioning you and your baby:

  • Have your back well supported.
  • Make sure you are in a comfortable position.
  • Hold baby close to your skin (remove clothing that gets in the way).
  • Baby’s ear, shoulder and hip should be in a straight line.
  • Help your baby get into a position so their nose is at the level of your nipple.
  • Your baby’s head should be tilted back slightly.
  • Bring baby to your breast when their mouth is wide open.
  • Tuck your baby’s body in close to your body.
  • Do not force your baby onto the breast. If fussy, calm your baby by holding them upright and then try again.

 

Side-Lying Positions – works well if you have had a caesarean birth, when you’re uncomfortable sitting, you have large breasts, or you are tired.
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Cross-Cradle Position – works well when first learning to breastfeed or if you have a small baby.
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Football Position – works well if you have had a caesarean birth, you have large breasts, or a small baby.
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Cradle Position – works well once you’re comfortable with breastfeeding.
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Upright or Straddle Position – works well if you have an older baby or a baby who has reflux.
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Back-Lying (Laid Back) Position – works well for your baby to find the nipple on their own with some help. Hold your baby skin-to-skin so that their tummy rests on you with their head near your breast. Support their back and bottom with your arms and hands while they move towards your breast. Be patient and help your baby as much as you like. Your baby will find your nipple.
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Breastfeeding Twins

It is possible to make enough breastmilk to feed twins. In the beginning, some parents may breastfeed one baby at a time. It may take practice to learn how to breastfeed two babies at the same time.

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Front Cross

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Football Cradle 

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Double Football

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Upright Latch

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