Breastfeeding

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Breastfeeding Positions

When your baby shows early feeding cues, then it is time to eat.  Choose what feels most comfortable for you. Hold your baby skin to skin, as often as possible. Let the baby lead.

Whichever position you like to use, your baby should be in a position that allows for a deep latch and easy swallowing.

Click on the topics below to learn more about breastfeeding positions.

Laid Back or Biological Nurturing (Baby-led)

 Baby-led latching is a natural and simple way for baby to find your breast.

  • Sit comfortably with support, leaning back.
  • Hold your baby skin-to-skin so that her tummy rests on you with her head near your breast.
  • Support your baby’s back and bottom with your arm and hand while she moves towards your breast.
  • Be patient, the baby will move and work her way to the breast. Help her as much as you like.
  • Your baby will find your nipple.

Some tips for positioning you and your baby
  • Hold baby skin to skin, as often as possible
  • Have your back well supported
  • Make sure you are in a position that does not cause you pain
  • Your baby’s ear, shoulder and hip shouldbe in a straight line
  • Help your baby get into a position where his nose is at the level of your nipple
  • Bring baby to your breast
  • Your baby’s head should beslightly tilted back
  • Tuck your baby’s body in close
  • Do not force the baby onto the breast. If fussy, calm baby by holding upright and then try again.

 

For more information on feeding your baby/child in Simcoe Muskoka, please contact your health care provider or contact Health Connection by calling 1-705-721-7520 or 1-877-721-7520 Monday to Friday from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., by email or connect with us wherever you are on Facebook or Twitter.

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