Breastfeeding can feel like a lot to take on at the start as you adapt to using your body in a whole new way. And if you can master it, that’s great! There are many known health benefits for infants who are breastfed, including protection against some childhood illnesses, a strong source of energy and nutrients, and a reinforced bond between mother and baby.
However, that’s not to say it’s always easy. Research from the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention shows that while over 84% of babies start breastfeeding, only 58.3% are still nursed from the breast at the age of 6 months. This may be because some people may find breastfeeding difficult and decide to stop, which is totally natural and your decision to make.
If you’ve recently started breastfeeding, you might feel as though you’re receiving lots of information from all angles — things like the best breastfeeding positions, how to get a good latch, and all the things you should and shouldn’t do while nursing. It can be hard to filter through it all and to know what’s right for you and your baby.
But as always, when it comes to your body, it’s important to make sure you’re breastfeeding in a way that works for you personally. With lots of different options, if you’re hoping to find the best breastfeeding position for you and your little one, it might be a good idea to try out some of the suggestions listed below, as recommended by Dr. Sara Ritchie, assistant professor of pediatrics at the Medical University of South Carolina. Give them a try and see what works for you.