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Breastfeeding positions - how to breastfeed effectively

Finding the right breastfeeding position is crucial for a comfortable and effective breastfeeding experience for both mom and baby. With various breastfeeding positions to choose from, it can be confusing to determine which one is best for you and your baby. Each breastfeeding position has its own advantages and may suit different situations or needs. In this guide, we'll explore different breastfeeding positions and provide tips to help you find the one that suits you and your baby best. Download the LEIA Health-app today to learn more about breastfeeding and access our breastfeeding log.

No matter how you choose to breastfeed, it's important that you're comfortable because the adrenaline triggered by pain, stress, or tension can temporarily inhibit the let-down reflex and milk flow. Feel free to use pillows behind your back or under your arm to make yourself comfortable. Do you want to learn more about breastfeeding? Reed this article about breastfeeding in the early days after childbirth.

Here are some examples of breastfeeding positions:


Reclined breastfeeding / semi-reclined

  • The baby lies on the stomach and seeks the breast, showing the way to breastfeeding.

  • It provides a good start for your baby to start breastfeeding, whether born vaginally or by cesarean section - make sure they have clear airways here.

  • It also makes it easier for you as a breastfeeding mom before you feel more confident with breastfeeding and are ready to try other positions.

  • It helps babies who have difficulty getting a good latch.

Sitting breastfeeding

Sitting breastfeeding is for many the most natural position.

  • Hold your baby really close and use a pillow for support if it's heavy to hold the baby with just your arms.

  • This position works well for twin moms breastfeeding two babies from different angles.

  • It often gives you a good view of your baby's latch.

Lying down breastfeeding

Lying down breastfeeding is for many one of the most relaxing positions, and it can be comfortable for both you and your baby.

  • It facilitates night nursing and allows both of you to rest while breastfeeding.

  • Make sure your baby doesn't slide too far up towards your armpit, as it can be difficult to get a good latch.

  • Your baby's chin should come really close to the breast so that the head bends slightly backward and the nose is free.

Breastfeeding on the move

  • Standing, walking, rocking, dancing...

  • A baby sling or ergonomic baby carrier can make everyday life easier!

" These tips on breastfeeding positions and the feeding log in the app were very helpful to me! Thank you LEIA Health''

Since your breast is round, your baby can access it in so many different ways and from so many angles that only imagination sets limits. Since we all look different and all babies have different preferences, it's important to try different things to find what works best for you.

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