Friday, January 27, 2012

How to Nurse Side Lying

Nursing on the side can be a little tricky at first, but once you get the hang of it, you can do it in your sleep (literally)!  It makes such a huge lifestyle improvement, that it is worth figuring out.

Let me (try to) help:

To do it, first lay on your side facing Baby.  You can roll up a thin blanket to keep Baby on his side if you feel like it helps, though you could also use your upper arm.  The lower arm is bent and hugging a pillow (this is key- placement of this pillow). Play with this lower arm and pillow placement until you figure out what is comfortable for you.  Your upper arm can be hugging baby or wherever. Your bodies are touching and belly to belly. One video showed a pillow between mom's legs but I don't.  Here is a video of a woman learning side lying nursing.

Here is another video of side lying nursing:

I hope this helps! It is really so so so useful, although in the beginning some babies don't have enough head control to make it work.  If this is the case, wait a few days and try again.  Happy nursing!
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