Positioning for Nursing

  • Currently 5/5 Stars.
You may use the stars on the left to rate and leave feedback for the current article. No registration is required. Waiting for 5 votes 5.0 of 5 stars (1 votes) — Thanks for your vote

Please fill out the following optional information before submitting your rating:

We usually think of holding babies in the "cradle hold" position for nursing. However, there are many positions that can be used. With a baby who has nipple confusion or other difficulty, or just while mother and baby are both learning to nurse, it can be very helpful to hold the baby in an upright "football hold", or clutch position. It is good to be wearing a bra that supports the breast well, so that you can easily see what is going on. Very large breasted women sometimes find that placing a rolled up towel or baby blanket under the breast is helpful to support it. The baby should be essentially sitting up and facing the breast directly. It is useful to have pillows to help support the baby, so that mom can use her hands to get him latched on. Most good breastfeeding books contain photos of different nursing positions. As you and your baby get more comfortable with nursing, you can experiment to find the most comfortable positions to nurse in. This is especially important at night. With practice, it is possible to rest or even sleep while nursing, either in bed, or in a recliner. It not only helps keep mom from being a worn- out wreck (speaking from personal experience) and is also likely to help her milk production.

Copyright © 1999-2000 Darrillyn Starr. All rights reserved. Reproduction in whole or in part without permission is prohibited.

Credits: Darrillyn Starr

Related Topics
Visitor Comments (0) - Be the first to comment
Adding your comments contributes to the adoption community. Please keep all comments on topic and civil. Visitors are invited to comment and vote for or flag comments based on appropriateness and helpfulness. All comments must adhere to our commenting rules and are subject to moderation.

To see local Adopting resources, please select a location (U.S. only):

Need a Home Study?
Adoption Photolisting
Jeremiah (TX / 9 / M)
Jeremiah is a lively and outgoing child who enjoys video games and playing basketball. He likes music and dancing too. Jeremiah is generally cooperative and polite with adults. He... [more]
Parent Profiles
Thank you for considering adoption. If you pick us as adoptive parents we promise to love the child unconditionally. This would be our first adoption and we are open to a child of... [more]
Directory of Adoption Professionals
Find a professional
for all of your adoption needs including:

Note: Our authors are dedicated to honest, engaged, informed, intelligent, and open conversation about adoption. The opinions expressed here may not reflect the views of Adoption.com.

Settings Help Feedback
Template Settings
Width: 1024     1280
Choose a Location:
Choose a Theme: