Finding a good breastfeeding position can take a little time and practice.
For successful breastfeeding, the position should be comfortable and pain-free.
Your breastfeeding position may change over time as your baby grows. There are several different breastfeeding positions that you can try.
- Your baby's mouth faces your breast, and baby's tummy faces your tummy. Avoid having your baby on their back.
- Your baby's ear, shoulder and hip need to be in a straight line.
- Support your baby with 1 arm and use your other hand to support your breast.
Positions to try
- Lean back and get comfortable with good arm and body support.
- Place baby tummy down on your body.
- Baby lies on your chest at an angle.
- Gravity keeps baby close to you.
Watch our breastfeeding positions video
As soon as possible after birth, hold your baby against you skin-to-skin.
- Helps your baby adjust to life outside the womb.
- Helps your baby breathe normally after birth.
- Keeps your baby warm.
- Helps to soothe, comfort and calm your baby, with the sound of your breathing and heartbeat, and the warmth and smell of your skin.
- Helps you and your baby relax.
- Helps you and your baby get to know each other.
- Helps mom make breast milk by encouraging baby to feed often and well.
- Holding your baby skin-to-skin when they have painful procedure such as blood tests and vaccinations is comforting to your baby.
This is something mom and partner can both enjoy doing with your baby.
To hold your baby skin-to-skin, your baby only needs to wear a diaper and is held in an upright position on your chest.
Watch skin-to-skin contact right after birth