Biological Nurturing | Laid-Back Breastfeeding
With the overwhelming flow of emotions that comes with welcoming your new baby to the world, figuring out the perfect cross-cradle breastfeeding hold might be low on your list of things to master. You probably just want to snuggle your baby close on your chest and take in his wonderful scent. Fortunately, breastfeeding babies do not typically need special positions. A technique often referred to as Biological Nurturing, or laid-back breastfeeding, can help baby and mom find their natural rhythm.
To hold your baby in a Biological Nurturing position: lay back in a semi-reclined position with pillows supporting your lower back and body so that you are comfortable. Place your baby tummy down so that all of their weight is resting on your chest. Your hands are now free to caress and touch your baby!
Your baby may begin rooting around trying to find your breast; guide your baby to your breast and help them latch on (if they do not amaze you and do it by themselves!).
Some of the wonderful benefits of the Biological Nurturing position include:
- Gravity helps ensure a wide and close fitting latch.
- Your baby has their entire body is supported, as opposed to other holds which often leave their feet dangling.
- Promotes your child’s natural ability to self-latch.
- You are able to fully relax and caress your baby while nursing.
The following website has some wonderful information about laid-back breastfeeding:
Jacqui is a Postpartum Doula and Breastfeeding Support Counselor in the lovely state of Oregon. She is the mother of one beautiful red-headed son, born in October of 2009, and is the founder of Natural Parenting Group.