One of the best nursing positions for tired moms is the side lying position. This will allow you to get more rest in the early weeks which is something we all know moms need. Although this is slightly more difficult for many, the return is definitely worth it. Remember not all women find every position works for them and their breastfeeding baby.
-Lie on your side with a pillow under your head. You may wish to put more pillows around you to find the most comfortable position. Some find a pillow between their legs helps with comfort. Remember if you are relaxed, then baby will be relaxed too.
-Place baby "tummy to mummy" lying on his or her side facing you with mouth in line with your nipple. (baby can lie directly on the bed or with your arm under him to support the head)
-Bring your baby to your breast not your breast to your baby!
-At first, you may have to flip over and move the baby from one side to the other to nurse on both sides. With time, many women have been able to figure out how to tilt over and breastfeed from the top breast as well (the baby will be more on his back than his side).
-Use caution to ensure baby's safety as you may fall asleep while breastfeeding.
Who its Best For:
This position is perfect for women who have had c-sections as the baby will not be putting any pressure on sore areas. If baby can easily latch in cradle position, side lying isn't too far off. This position is best for babies who are already self-latching.