In hospitals mothers are still, in most areas, taught to sit up and hold their babies in a cradle hold. But what if there was a more natural, easier way to learn to breastfeed your baby?
The laid back nursing position, also known as the reclining breastfeeding position is more skin to skin friendly than other breastfeeding positions, since the whole front of your baby will be flat against you. Your hands are also free in this position to caress your new-born baby.
In this position you are at your most comfortable, with your back, neck, head and shoulders supported. Your baby’s body will be supported because he/she will be fully supported by your body.
During the first hour after birth, your baby may start drooling, licking or making sucking movements. He/she will then start to lift their head a little, rooting for the breast and nipple. You can help your baby to the breast, or support your baby while he/she finds their own way to the nipple. Your baby will find their way via smell and touch. When your baby gets to the nipple, he/she will start opening their mouth and can latch by themselves.