Laid-back breastfeeding, also referred to as biological nurturing, is a reclined breastfeeding position. This feeding method reportedly stimulates babies’ innate feeding reflexes, which could help them latch accurately.
Most women feel that laid-back nursing is an ideal posture while breastfeeding, and this position might help babies who might have latching difficulties. Additionally, you may attempt varied feeding positions to discover the one most comfortable for you and your baby.
Explore more about the advantages, different approaches, and tips for laid-back breastfeeding in this post.
Benefits Of Laid-back Breastfeeding
Babies can express their instinctive feeding behavior in a laid-back feeding position since their mother’s body supports them. The benefits of laid-back breastfeeding could include the following (1).
- Feeding reflexes of a baby are released during this position.
- Learn breastfeeding together; this position helps newborns and mothers become comfortable with breastfeeding gradually.
- It helps increase the production of nurturing hormones, such as oxytocin, in both mother and baby to enhance bonding.
- Babies are well-supported on the mother’s body during laid-back feeding.
- Gravity may also encourage a deeper, more comfortable latch in this position.
- Wearing no clothing can increase skin-to-skin contact during this feeding position.
- Mothers can keep the baby in a laid-back position beyond nursing, thus enhancing the bonding between mother and baby.
You may try and use a laid-back nursing position any time unless contraindicated by your lactation consultant or pediatrician.
Tips For Laid-back Breastfeeding
- Lean back from sitting position with back support.
- Try to adjust the position until you are comfortable.
- Keep the baby close to support their body.
- Avoid keeping the baby on the incision site if you had a cesarean birth.
- Adjust the baby’s position so that there is no pressure on their neck and back.
- Try to wear comfortable clothing for nursing.
- Babies move their heads from side to side with a wide mouth when they are ready to latch. Positioning the baby so that the mother’s nipple touches the space between their upper lip and nose will trigger the gape reflex, which will encourage a deep and comfortable latch.
- Mothers who have oversupply may try this position.
- If needed, support the baby with one hand and breast with another hand.
You can breastfeed in this position in each breastfeeding session.
How Does A Newborn Latch During Laid-back Breastfeeding?
This position enhances a baby’s ability to use their primitive feeding reflexes. The baby tries to wriggle, push their feet, and move their head side to side to reach nipples. It ultimately leads to improved reach and better latch to the breast, providing a comfortable nursing experience for both mother and infant.
Laid-back breastfeeding is the preferred breastfeeding position for many new mothers during the first few hours after birth. This feeding position also enhances skin contact, which facilitates better mother-child bonding.
Laid-back Breastfeeding After A Cesarean-section
You can continue to feed the baby at home in a laid-back position if you find upright feeding positions uncomfortable. If you have difficulties moving and placing your baby in the initial days, you may take the help of a nurse, partner, or family member. This semi-reclined position is quite helpful after C-section since it helps the mother avoid pressure on their belly while also letting the baby latch correctly.
How To Do Laid-back Breastfeeding In Public?
You may try the laid-back nursing position in public if you have access to a sofa or a deep chair. More comfortable variation of this position would be Koala hold, where the baby sits straddling the thighs of the mother and lays along her belly, latching onto the breast in a semi-seated position (and she usually will also recline herself as much as possible).
Many restaurants and coffee shops have seating suitable for reclined positions. However, make sure the chair or sofa is sturdy, and you are able to get into a laid-back position without straining yourself. Loose outdoor clothing or a nursing bra could make it easier for your baby to access the breast while breastfeeding.
Laidback breastfeeding is a reclined position of breastfeeding. Mothers can relax on the sofa, chair, or bed while breastfeeding. Innate reflexes stimulate babies to latch, and gravity supports latch in this feeding position. Skin-to-skin contact between the mother and the baby is also improved in this nursing position. Laid-back breastfeeding helps reduce the risk of choking on breastmilk, mainly due to oversupply, and it provides tummy time for babies. You must avoid laid-back breastfeeding if your healthcare provider or lactation consultant restricts it for medical reasons.
- Some benefits of laid-back breastfeeding include bonding and increased production of nurturing hormones.
- Ensure to use back support and comfort yourself, wear comfortable clothing, and give good support to the baby.
- Laid-back breastfeeding allows babies to use primitive feeding reflexes, resulting in a better latch.
- It is a more comfortable position for mothers who’ve undergone C-section delivery.
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