How to Breastfeed in the Straddling Position
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In this video you will discover how to breastfeed in the straddling position
In this position the baby has to support their head on their own, so it is preferable to wait for the newborn to be at least two weeks old before attempting this position - thus ensuring that their neck is sufficiently strong
This position is recommended for women who express milk in streams.
To get into position: Sit comfortably, put a cushion behind your back, and raise your feet.
You must be relaxed, without muscular tension
Place the baby straddled over your thigh.
Hold the baby's shoulder blades with the palm of your hand and place the index and thumb behind their ears, without squeezing.
The othe hand must support the baby's hips.
Hold the baby against you, with the nose at the level of the nipple.
If necessary, tickle the baby's upper lip with your breast.
When the baby opens their mouth wide, bring the baby close to the breast quickly.
Do not lean toward it but bring their head closer by pushing on their back. This will avoid getting into an uncomfortable position.
Don't push on their head because it is sensitive, and instinct will make the baby move away from the breast instead of approaching it in order to feed.
If the baby seems to have trouble breathing, do not push on the nipple with your fingers you might obstruct a milk duct.
Try to bring the baby closer by holding their bottom against you. The angle will then change, and free their nose so that they may breathe freely