The right baby position is:
Lying on their side with their stomach at the same level as yours. Turned facing your breast and their mouth at the same level as the nipple. The tip of their nose is free and their chin rests on your breast during breastfeeding. Hold your breast underneath, while with the other hand hold your baby. Support your elbows and keep your shoulders relaxed.
Nurse your baby in a suggested breastfeeding position that makes you comfortable.
1. Cradle hold position
Classic grasp. Take the baby in your arms, resting their head on your elbow and their body on your arm. Support your breast with your hand, positioning your four fingers at the bottom, keeping your thumb at the top, above the areola. Hold your baby with your left hand, hold your breast with your right hand and vice versa.
2. Cross-cradle hold
Hold your baby's body across your arm and with your palm support your baby’s neck and head. Benefits: Natural and comfortable position, effective in most difficulties, firm grip and control of the baby’s head. It is recommended for first-time mothers.
Drawbacks: It is difficult for women who gave birth with cesarean section or had an interventional childbirth.
3. Underarm position
Hold the baby in the underarm, support their body with your forearm and their head with your hand in a position that the baby is placed at breast level. Nurse while holding your baby, sometimes under the right and sometimes under the left underarm.
4. Side-lying position
Breastfeed lying on your side on the bed, with your baby turned to their side as well. This position is recommended when you want to relax.
5. Australian hold
Hold your baby vertically facing you, while sitting comfortably.
Benefits: For older children. Controlled milk flow, ideal for children with otitis or runny nose and for babies with a small lower jaw, cleft lip and/or palate. If the mother has a lot of milk, gravity helps the baby to swallow.
Drawbacks: Tiring, not suitable for women who cannot sit.
6. Baby lying on the mother
Lie on your back with your baby lying on their stomach and their tummy touching your stomach.
Suitable for: babies who have a small lower jaw, do not latch or suckle, or when the mother has a lot of milk and the child is constantly choking.
Drawbacks: Tiring at times.
It is possible to achieve exclusive breastfeeding. You can even nurse them simultaneously, if you are up to it. One way is to place the babies on two pillows with their feet towards your underarm while supporting their heads with your hands. If you cannot make it, nurse one at a time, allocating one breast to each.