Getting a “good” latch when breastfeeding can feel like such a difficult task! In the past, lactation consultants used to focus on certain positions like the football hold, the cradle hold, the cross-cradle hold, or side lying. While it can be useful to try some of these positions, allowing your baby to lead the way and providing a calm, quiet environment is the most effective way for a baby to learn to breastfeed. If your baby is getting milk and you aren’t in pain, there is no right way to position a baby, even if this may be upside down! The following are some excellent videos on latch and positioning.
If you are experiencing pain or are concerned about milk supply, please seek the support of an International Board Certified Lactation Consultant, who has thousands of hours of education and training in evaluating breastfeeding issues.