Working with Different Breastfeeding Positions


They say that in order to be good at something, you have to practice with all your heart and might. That is true especially if you are a new mother struggling with breastfeeding. Many people think that breastfeeding is merely holding the baby and putting his/her mouth on your breast. How mothers wish this is the case but no.


Breastfeeding is a bit complicated. Your primary goal here is to make the baby comfortable as much as possible whilst feeding him/her. That calls for coordination and at the same time patience. You will not perfect it if you are new but with practice, you will be so good at it that you can even breastfeed even when eyes closed.

You have to find a hold that works for you and the baby. It is important that you know different positions because you will do it every day for as long as you consider breastfeeding. Here are some positions that you need to consider if you want nursing to go smoothly:

  • Cradle hold: The classic position is the cradle hold, this requires you to support the baby’s head using the crook of your arm. You should sit on a chair with armrests for support with many pillows. You have to hold him/her in your lap so that he/she is lying on her side with his/her face, knees and stomach directly fronting you. To secure the hold, tuck him/her lower arm under your own arm.


  • Cross-over hold: Cross-over or cross-cradle hold is another famous breastfeeding position. This position is different in the sense that you do not support the baby’s head using the crook of your arm. Your arms will cross-over or switch roles. For example, if you are nursing from the right breast, you should use your left arm and hand to hold the baby. You just need to rotate his/her body so his/her tummy or chest are fronting you. This position is best for babies who have difficulties latching on.


  • Reclining position: If you are recovering from a caesarean operation, this position is recommended for you. You just need to make sure that you keep your hips and back in straight line. Your baby should face you and you can just draw him/her close and support his head with your hand.

That should do it. The important thing when breastfeeding is making sure that the baby knows how to latch on. Regardless of what position you prefer, you need to bring the baby to your breast than the breast to your baby.


5 Nappy Care Tips Every Parent Must Know


Changing baby diapers isn’t among parent’s favourite duties, but hey there’s no excuse for it not to be done. Changing your baby’s diapers must be done—and done right—because it doesn’t only affect your baby’s mood, but his health as well.


So whether you’re caring for your little munchkin or still preparing for the coming of your precious newborn, keep these nappy care tips in mind to ensure your baby’s happy mood and good health.

  1. Keep it Dry and Fine

Whether to go for cloth diapers or disposable ones is just a matter of personal preference. The important part here is to regularly change diapers when necessary, and not until your baby is soaking wet or thoroughly soiled. However, before putting on new diapers, rub baby oil on his bottom to avoid rashes and chafing.

  1. Always Consider Mildness

Every part of your baby’s body is as delicate as his face, so make sure every baby product you use is mild. When shopping, check labels to see if products are hypo-allergenic and are mild enough not to cause skin irritation. It’s also essential to get those that provide moisture and skin care. The same rule should also be followed when buying detergents for laundering your baby’s clothes.

  1. Gently Massage Your Baby

Your little boss needs a lot of TLC. Incorporate gentle baby massage into your daily nappy ritual. After bathing, softly massage his body including his cute bottom. Finish off by patting with mild powder. You may also sing a lullaby as you massage him for total relaxation as you send your little tot to dreamland.


  1. Be Careful and Light

Ill-fitting nappies can cause leakage and discomfort. Check if the one you’re using is in the right size. Make sure that the diaper perfectly snugs the bottom of your baby when secured with tapes, snaps, or fasteners.  Check your baby’s reaction and if the edges of the nappy sinks into his skin; you can immediately tell if he is uncomfortable with the fit.

  1. Set Up a Nappy Station

You cannot tell when your baby’s going to poop, but you can be prepared to make the experience pleasant for your baby. Be calm and do not scramble when a situation calls for an unexpected nappy change. Have everything you need in a corner, near a changing bed or table. Also, prepare your baby bag ahead of time so you won’t have to panic when you’re out.

A good nappy care ritual before putting your child to bed will assist him to a longer and better sleep. Sleep is among the most important things for babies as it greatly helps in the healthy development of mind and body.