I just wanted to ask if anyone has tips for breastfeeding on their side. I just can't do it. I'd love to get it to work if possible for nighttime feedings. I don't know what to do with my hands and can't support myself or my baby well. I look at pictures but can't get it to work right. He's 8 weeks so he's a little easier to maneuver now that's he's bigger.
Also, it makes it harder because I wear a nipple shield and LO tends to knock it off as I'm trying to get ready. Any tips? Thanks!
I can't help with your nipple shields question but I only mastered nursing on my side when LO was about 7 months old. It was so much easier when he could move himself etc and as he's bigger he's more nipple level!!!
This was the only way I could feed LO for the first week home.
Put LO on a pillow (or 2 if necessary).
Elevate the top part of the pillow, either with your arm or the 2nd pillow.
Lay belly to belly (as much as possible). Place LO's head on the elevated part.
Make sure nipple is positioned correctly.
Support your back, either by another pillow, your partner a wall, etc...
I feed my baby almost exclusively on my side. I have pretty small boobs, too. I lie her down and then lie down next to her. I get myself comfy and THEN let her turn over (lately she grabs me and pulls me down, though--lol). If I'm on my left side, my left arm is under my head, bent at the elbow and the elbow pointing in the direction of the baby. My other arm is folded close to me, with my hand under my chin to keep me from hyperextending my neck to look at the baby.
Practice getting into a position on your side where you physically couldn't roll over onto the baby without waking up and change positions.
We've been feeding this way since she was about 6 weeks old.
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