Breastfeeding Upside Down (Latching the Breastfed Baby)

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Breastfeeding Upside Down (Latching the Breastfed Baby)

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.

Attaching Your Baby At the Breast-Global Health Media

Nancy Mohrbacher’s Natural Breastfeeding How-Tos

Biological Nurturing-Laid Back Breastfeeding

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.

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About the Author:

Leah Segura has been working with breastfeeding parents in the MidMichigan area for over a decade. She works as an International Board Certified Lactation Consultant (IBCLC) in private practice and volunteers through several organizations, advocating for parents in her community.
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