My Mummy's Milk

The Baby Show

The Baby Show

Latest Testimonials

  • Another Great Product By Lansinoh
    Read more
  • Best Bottles Ever
    Read more
  • Best Transition Bottles
    Read more
  • Brilliant
    Read more
  • Excellent for breast fed babies
    Read more
  • Best For Every Mum!!!!
    Read more
  • Better Than I Expected!
    Read more
  • Comfortable and Soft Bottles!
    Read more
  • Fantastic (5 stars)
    Read more
  • Thank you, Lansinoh worked for my feet!
    Read more
  • I was at my wits end with cracked lips until I discovered Lansinoh Lanolin!
    Read more
  • "...I was thinking about stopping breastfeeding...tried Lansinoh on the off chance it would ease the pain and it did!"
    Read more
  • 'The manual pump was quick and simple to use ...'
    Read more
  • 'I just wanted to say a big thank you for your HPA Lanolin cream, it's amazing! Not only has it helped...'
    Read more
  • 'The (double electric) pump has been very easy to use, super quick, very comfortable and easy to assemble...'
    Read more
  • 'Just wanted to say thank you SO much for making Lansinoh Lanolin nipple cream-it's a miracle cream!...'
    Read more
  • 'I got on incredibly well with the Lansinoh Affinity...'
    Read more
  • 'With the Lansinoh pump I didn't have to worry about...'
    Read more
  • 'By far the best breast pad on the market...'
    Read more
  • 'If it hadn't have been for your product I would have stopped breastfeeding...'
    Read more
  • 'The double breast pump was really easy to use...'
    Read more
  • 'The Lansinoh nursing pads are so absorbent...'
    Read more
  • 'This stuff is pure magic!'
    Read more

Breastfeeding Positions


Proper positioning of both mother and baby when breastfeeding, and in particular the attachment of the baby to the breast, enables your baby to get enough breastmilk and can help to prevent sore nipples and insufficient milk supply.  Make sure you are comfortable: either sitting up or lying in bed, or sitting in your favourite chair.  Many mothers find it helpful to create a flat lap in the early days, either by elevating the feet or sitting on a pillow.  Some mothers raise their babies to breast height, while others use the natural nurturing approach of holding their babies diagonally across their bodies.  

Read on below to discover some of the most popular breastfeeding positions.


Across lap - cradle hold

With the across lap - cradle hold breastfeeding position, the baby’s head will rest in the crook of your elbow or on your forearm, with his whole body facing you, and will be supported with the same arm beneath his back and with your hand on his thigh or bottom.

Cross-cradle hold

With the cross-cradle hold breastfeeding position the baby is supported at breast height by the opposite arm to the breast being offered.  Your elbow is on the baby's bottom with your forearm along his back.  Your palm is on his upper back, fingers and thumb either side of his neck.  Your forefinger supports the base of his head under the ear.

Feet out behind - rugby hold or clutch position

During this particular breastfeeding position, the baby lies on his side between your side and flexed arm with his feet out behind you. The baby’s shoulders, neck and the base of his head are supported by your hand, allowing your opposite hand to hold the breast if needed.

Side Lying Position

Many mothers find lying down to breastfeed a comfortable position, particularly at night or after a caesarean section. Both mum and baby lie on the sides and face towards each other. You can use pillows in your back to ensure you are comfortable. A pillow or rolled up blanket can also be used behind your baby to ensure he doesn’t roll away from the breast. Try to keep your baby’s body in line to help him latch on and feed easier. 

 

Regardless of the position you choose to breastfeed, make sure the baby’s head and body are facing the breast, and help him to come onto the breast chin-first, aiming the nipple to the roof of his mouth when the mouth is open wide.  Your baby needs to take a good part of the areolar tissue into his wide, gaping mouth, with your nipple protected deep at the back of the mouth.

So long as you are comfortable and your baby is alert and ready to latch on, trying different breastfeeding positions will help you to work out which works for you both – but remember that breastfeeding is a learnt skill for you and your baby.  If you are suffering from sore nipples, seek help from a breastfeeding counsellor.  In the meantime, Lansinoh HPA® Lanolin can help soothe and protect your nipples, and does not need to be removed before breastfeeding.

Discover more about breastfeeding your baby, watch our latching on and breastfeeding video today.

Further information:

National Childbirth Trust (NCT)              www.nct.org.uk
Active Birth Centre                               www.activebirthcentre.com
Hypnobirthing UK                                 www.hypnobirthing.co.uk