Positions for nursing after a cesarean

The cross cradle position may also be comfortable, using pillows to protect your incision and support your arm while holding your baby.

  • Hold your baby with the same hand position described above for the football hold, but instead of holding your baby under your arm and breastfeeding from the breast on the same side, bring your baby across your chest so when you are holding the baby with your right hand and arm you will be breastfeeding from the left breast.
  • Your left hand will support the left breast with the four fingers toward the middle of your chest and your thumb toward your underarm.

The side-lying position is often uncomfortable until the incision is healed, so listen to your body when trying this, or any, position.

You should feel comfortable, no matter what breastfeeding position you choose. If you are uncomfortable, something may need to be corrected. Never assume that discomfort is a normal part of breastfeeding. Your surgery will be associated with some discomfort, but you should be able to breastfeed your baby comfortably. The best way to learn positions you find comfortable may be with some personal assistance from your lactation consultant.


Riordan, J. and K. Auerbach, Breastfeeding and Human Lactation, Jones and Bartlett Publishers, Boston. (1999) pp 292-93.

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