Should I change breastfeeding positions during a session?

Postnatal, Your questions

Updated article : April 2024.

I know it’s good to alternate positions during breastfeeding sessions. I gave birth 10 days ago and I realize that I always practice the same position, automatically. I was wondering if it would be better for me to explore other positions when feeding my baby?

Good positions and proper latching are the foundations of good breastfeeding practices. When a mother has given birth to her baby, healthcare workers will suggest that you change positions during your breastfeeding sessions.

Why? Because the baby’s latching will change based on its position and can help reduce the occurrence of injuries or trauma to your breasts.

I don’t know if you are having problems or not. But given that your baby is still tiny, you should always try to prevent complications rather than heal them.

So, you can use different positions, such as the cross-cradle hold, rugby ball hold, side-lying position, dangle feeding, and in a few weeks the koala hold, recommended for babies with reflux. A slightly backward-tilted position can help reduce the flow of milk into the baby’s mouth, if the mother’s ejection reflex is too strong.

Please watch my videos called Breastfeeding : living the first moment to help visualise everything.

Marie Fortier
The Baby Expert 

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