Positions for nursing after a cesarean


Find the right position. Using a position that keeps the weight off your abdomen will be most comfortable. The football, or clutch hold, is probably the most common comfortable position for cesarean moms. You can use this hold in your hospital bed by bringing the bed into the upright position or using a wide chair, if one is available.

  • Place a pillow, or pillows, at the side you will be feeding from to support the arm that is holding your baby. Your baby will be tucked under the arm on the same side you feed from.
  • Hold your baby with your thumb and index finger positioned low, behind baby’s ears. Your palm should support your baby’s neck and upper back, while your arm supports the rest of the body. Your elbow cuddles your baby’s hips to your side.
  • Your baby should be positioned so her face is looking straight at your breast with her nose lined up with the nipple. She should have good body alignment with her shoulders, ears and hips forming a straight line.
  • Your other hand will support the breast with your four fingers below the breast and the thumb above it. Be careful to keep your hand back well off the areola so the hand is not in the way of your baby latching deeply and comfortably.
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