How to: Hold your baby whilst Breastfeeding

Breastfeeding is one of the most wonderful but worrying parts of being a new mum. A lot of women fear their baby won’t latch or that the position they are in isn’t right.

There are many different positions you can use when breastfeeding. There is no one position that is better than the others, so don’t worry if you think you are doing it wrong. All that’s important is to find the one that works for you and your baby.


How to hold your baby while breastfeeding

Sitting Position

Lay your baby on their side on a pillow across your lap, as close to you as possible. Whichever breast you are nursing from, use the opposite arm to support your baby’s head and body. Guide his head to your breast with this arm.

  • This position is particularly good for preventing back ache.

The Cradle Hold

Sit with your baby across your stomach with his head being supported by your elbow and your hand holding his bottom. You can either use the same arm as the breast you are nursing from or the opposite arm – whichever is the most comfortable for you.

Lying Down Position

Make sure your back is supported in this position. Lie on your side and lay your baby on their side facing you with his chest against yours. Your free arm will support your baby’s head and body. Using your hand, guide his head towards your breast to start feeding.

The Under arm/ ‘Football’ Hold

With a pillow on your knee, lay your baby on his back facing upwards on your lap. Tuck his legs and body under your arm with his head to your breast. If you are nursing using your left breast, use the same side arm to hold him and guide his head your breast.


Breastfeeding doesn’t come naturally to everyone and you’re not the only one with insecurities about if you are doing it right. Remember practice makes perfect, keep going and you’ll get used to it in no time!

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