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Breastfeeding Guide

It’s good to find out as much as you can about breastfeeding before the birth, knowing what to expect should help you feel as confident as possible when you've just given birth and want to breastfeed your baby.

Breastfeeding is a wonderful way to start your lifelong bond with your child, and it has benefits for both of you, As you and your baby get used to the process, you'll get into a rhythm that's right for both of you.

Breast-feeding can be awkward at first. Experiment with various positions until you feel comfortable.

  Cross-cradle hold  

The cross-cradle hold is ideal for early breast-feeding:

  • Sit up straight in a comfortable chair with armrests making sure you have back support.
  • Bring your baby across the front of your body, tummy to tummy.
  • Hold your baby in the crook of the arm opposite the breast you're feeding from — left arm for right breast, right arm for left.
  • Support the back of the baby's head with your open hand, Make sure your baby’s back and bottom are well supported.
  • With the other hand, support your breast from the underside in a U-shaped hold.
  • Guide the baby's mouth to your breast.
  • Don't bend over or lean forward. Instead, cradle your baby close to your breast.


  Cradle hold  

The cradle hold is similar to the cross-cradle hold, but you support the baby with the arm on the same side as the nursing breast, rather than the opposite arm.

  • Sit up straight in a chair with armrests, making sure you have back support.
  • Keep your knees level with your hips, Put a stool or pillow under your feet if needed
  • Cradle your baby in an arm, with your baby's head resting comfortably in the crook of your elbow while he or she faces your breast.
  • For extra support, place a pillow on your lap.


  Football hold  

Another option is the football hold; this position might be a good choice if you're recovering from a C-section.

  • Place a pillow at your side.
  • Hold your baby at your side, with your elbow bent.
  • With your open hand, support your baby's head and face him or her toward your breast.
  • Your baby's back will rest on your forearm.
  • Tuck your baby’s legs between your arm and body, as if you were clutching a football.


  Football hold for twins  

If you have twins, you might choose to breast-feed them separately, if you'd rather breast-feed them at the same time, try the football hold — with one baby in each arm.

  • Hold each baby at one side, with your elbows bent.
  • Your baby's backs will rest on your forearms.
  • For comfort, put pillows on your lap and use a chair with broad, low arms.


  Side-lying hold  

A lying position might be a good choice when you're tired — although it's important to return the baby to his or her own bed to sleep.

  • Use pillows to support your head, neck, and back, Lie on your side and face your baby toward your breast, supporting him or her with one hand,
  • With the other hand, grasp your breast and touch your nipple to your baby's lips.
  • To switch breasts, gather your baby close to your chest. Then roll onto your other side to feed from the other breast.


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