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I need to learn to nurse sitting up.

post #1 of 8
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It doesn't seem like it should be this hard. My DD resists though. She prefers to nurse laying down, completely horizontal, on the Boppy. She's a pretty big almost 13 month old. I'd *really* like the freedom to nurse her sitting up, as in, I'm sitting in a chair, and she's facing me, straddling my lap. It would be much easier for me to NIP or on the go, etc. than needing a place where she can lay down (an stretch out her legs!)

We can't seem to get it. She buries her nose in my boob and can't breathe. What is the trick? Does it just not work for some people?
post #2 of 8
I rarely have success nursing like that. I'm a DD and sitting up requires at least one hand to support my breast. And then I need the other hand to keep the LO from leaning waaaay back away from me while latched on.

I tend to nurse with one ankle on the opposite knee, forming a little cozy spot for baby to rest in. We're belly to belly and her legs go around under the opposite arm. It works for us in most places.
post #3 of 8
She buries her nose in your boob? Maybe she needs to tilt her head back more?

IDK if it's helpful but I usually do support my boob with my opposite-side hand when nursing like this, which seems to help with positioning. Also DD is just straddling one of my legs (I've got my same-side arm around her back to support her).
post #4 of 8
That is very simple I usually do it with my baby when we are in the living room. I think you could do that, too.
post #5 of 8
You could practice by having her in an ergo on your front, slung at the right height for latching on. If she can get it that way, you can transition to sitting down with the carrier still on, and eventually loosening it til it's off.

Also, is she walking yet? Once my son was standing a lot, he sometimes preferred to nurse standing between my legs, and I often had to put him in that position when he got too wiggly on my lap. (Later, this became torture since the wiggles got too big, but initially it was just right if the seat was nice and low.)

It took us forever to get comfy enough to nurse lying down, so I'm a voice from the opposite end of the spectrum!
post #6 of 8
Thread Starter 
I would looove to be able to nurse her in the Ergo! Haven't mastered that yet, though. The same nose-in-boob phenomenon happens.

She is walking and running. But her favorite position for nursing is her laying down flat on the Boppy, me sitting up. I can sort of nurse her with both of us laying down, but she won't nurse as long that way. She doesn't like to have to work for it, I guess. I think I have made the mistake of always positioning *myself* to put the nipple in her mouth, rather than making her come to me. So she just lays there and waits for me. Sitting up is a bit of work for her, too, so maybe that's why she won't really do it.

Practice, practice, practice, I guess...
post #7 of 8
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Originally Posted by Beauchamp View Post

Practice, practice, practice, I guess...
yes, soon you'll be nursing at carnegie hall!
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