Lying Down Position Movie


                                    Lying Down or Recumbent Position

    We encourage all nursing mothers to learn how to nurse lying down. It allows mothers to get

more rest and helps make responding to your baby’s nighttime needs easier. It is also a peaceful

way to help baby get to sleep.

    Some babies will take right to the lying down position; others may need a number of weeks of

nursing in the correct cradle hold before mother and baby are comfortable nursing lying down.

    Many mothers who have had c-sections start out with the lying down position. Just place a towel

or receiving blanket over the incision to protect it from baby’s movements.

    To nurse lying down;

        -Mother lies on her side, baby is on his / her side facing her

        -Place a firm pillow behind mother’s back so she doesn’t have to worry about keeping her

            balance on her side

        -Place a firm pillow behind baby’s back to keep him on his side

        -Mother can put her arm under baby’s head and shoulders or can put her arm above baby on

            the pillow, whichever is her preference

        -Latch on is similar to the cradle hold. Bring baby’s body close to mother’s tummy.

        -Touch baby’s lips with the nipple. Pull in baby by his back for a good latch.

        -Make sure his nose is clear and his hands are out of the way.

        -Please keep your hand off of his head.

    The lying down position works well because it allows the baby to be an active partner in latch on. The bed supports his head and body while giving him the flexibility to make minor adjustments himself with his mouth for correct latch on.

    To change breasts you can either bring down the upper shoulder and offer the other breast or hold baby to your chest with both arms, roll to the other side carefully, and offer the other side.

    Many mothers nurse lying down comfortably and safely. Always take safety precautions such as not letting baby get caught in the bedding, roll off of the bed, etc.

    Please see the Lying Down Position Text page for more information.


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