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 begin 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.