The side-lying position
This position is great for when you don't want to sit up and breastfeed.
Once you are comfortable breastfeeding, try feeding your baby in a lying down position. This will relax him and will allow you to rest at the same time. Night feeds will be a lot simpler once you have mastered this position. Rest your head on at least two pillows placed above the lower shoulder, tucked firmly into the hollow of the neck. Support your back with another cushion or position yourself against the wall. Pop a cushion between your knees for comfort. Hold your baby to your breast, positioning him against a rolled up blanket to prevent him from toppling onto his back. His head should not be on your lower arm but cradled in the hollow between arm and chest. Your lower arm should lie free so that you can stroke your baby or even hold a book as you become more proficient in this position. Your other hand supports your baby or adjusts the nipple for him. Being comfortable is essential – you must be able to lie in this position for two hours without pins and needles! Note that your baby does not lie in the crook of your arm but flat on the bed and that your pillows must be above your shoulder and not the other way around.

This is an extract from Sister Lilian's Babycare Companion

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