September Position of The Month: Football Hold

First-Football-Season-for-Baby-1With the start of football season what better position to talk about this month than the football hold?

This position has many benefits and can be a great one to try out for both new breastfeeders as well as experienced mommas.  To start, baby is cradled in moms arms along the side of her body with feet positioned towards her elbow and belly towards moms side.  Mom gently cradles baby’s head in her hand being careful not to apply too much pressure to the top of baby’s head as this can affect a deep latch. Also, be sure to bring baby to the breast as opposed to leaning forward and bringing yourself to baby; use pillows to prop your arms and baby to help with this.

Most commonly this position is suggested for moms who have had a cesarean as it takes the pressure of baby off of mom’s incision.  This position can also be great for babies with trouble latching and sucking as it gives mom a great view of the latch and mom has good control of baby’s head.  If you are a mom with flat or inverted nipples give this position a try as it can be a good one for you too!

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DISCLAIMER

Please be aware that this information provided is intended solely for general informational and educational purposes and is not intended to be substituted for professional medical advice. Always see the advice of your physician or medical provider for any questions you may have regarding your or your baby’s medical condition. Never disregard professional medical advice or delay seeking it because of something you have received from this website or blog.

Source:

Bency, G., Maria, P., & Anusuya, V. P. (2014). Comparison of Maternal Comfort between two Breastfeeding Positions. International Journal Of Nursing Education, 6(1), 112-116. doi:10.5958/j.0974-9357.6.1.023

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