Nursing is hard. Finding a great nursing position is harder. Before I had my daughter, I knew I wanted to nurse. It was just the right thing for my family. When she was born, the first few weeks were challenging, as they often are for most first-time moms. Sore nipples, engorged breasts, leaking everywhere…it was quite a sight. Getting comfortable while nursing was also quite challenging. I had tried a lot of the different positions the nurses had taught me during our stay in the hospital and ones I had encountered in my research on Pinterest. None of them compared to my most favorite nursing position.
My most favorite nursing position of all time is the SIDE LYING POSITION. Why, you might ask? Because as a new mom, you are tired. You want nothing more than to lie down and sleep…or snuggle your sweet bundle of joy. The side lying position allows you to continue to rest during those nighttime feeding sessions. There were some nights that she would wake 3 or 4 or 5 times to nurse. I don’t know that I would have made it to a year without this position. I would have been more of a zombie than I already was. We’re just past one year in our nursing journey and my daughter still nurses at least once a night. Side lying is our go-to position. I can recall some nights when I actually fell back to sleep while nursing her and she would fall asleep latched on. It didn’t happen super often because I was always nervous about her being safe in our bed. Seriously, though. What is better than that?
HOW TO NURSE IN A SIDE LYING POSITION
It is a pretty challenging position to get in to.
- Lie on one of your sides, put pillows behind your back for support
- Nurse baby
- Roll to your other side, put pillows behind your back for support
- Nurse baby
I personally believe, it is one of the simplest positions to get into. I’ve heard that it is easier for people who have a small chest. I would fall into that category, so I had zero issues with the position, but some others might not. Larger chested women may want to be careful and closely watch to make sure their breasts aren’t obstructing their babe’s airway.
MY 2ND BEST NURSING POSITION
Soooo…I don’t know if this is an actual position, or just something my daughter made up. But the position we are using most frequently now that my daughter is super mobile and interested in everything is a FRONT STRADDLE position. Basically, she sits on my lap, facing me and nursing in an upright position. I really like this position because I don’t have to do much besides sit up straight and allow her to nurse. I would assume this position becomes easier the older your child gets because they gain more head and body control. Once she started sitting up, we started using this position. She really loves it because she can see what’s going on around her. It makes my life easier because I can have her sit on my lap and nurse while I continue to type or work or whatever I need to do.
HOW TO NURSE IN A FRONT STRADDLE POSITION
- Sit baby or child on your lap, facing your chest, with legs straddling your waist
- Lift shirt and sit up so child can nurse easily
- Nurse your child
THOUGHTS ON NURSING
Nursing has been one of the hardest things I’ve ever challenged myself with. It has also been the most rewarding experience. I love that I was able to provide my child’s nutrition for an entire year of her life. What a cool thing! Nursing isn’t the right choice for all families, though, and you know what? That is A-Okay! A fed baby and a happy mama are what matters. You, do you, mama. Do you, and don’t allow anyone to make you feel less because of the decisions you have made for your child and family.
Know that here at Live Love Mess, you will be loved and free of judgement. That’s what we all deserve.