Any suggestions for breastfeeding while lying down? I feel like my DS (2 weeks) latch gets all messed up when I try to nurse him this way. He does great in other upright positions but I can't seem to get our bodies in the right places. I would really like to be able to do this at night since he nurses so much at night!
breastfeeding lying down
Looking back, I'm not sure why this worked, but it did:
With my first, when I was learning to nurse side-lying, I would get her latched on, and then very slowly lay down with her. It wasn't very long before I had a feel for the position and could latch her on when we were already in bed. I was on my fourth baby before I ever nursed one without cradling their head on my arm. Basically, their head rests in my elbow, and I just lay on my side.
I don't have a brilliant answer other than to keep trying! It took me a long time to figure out with my first one. Now with my third little guy we've been able to do it from day 1. I make sure he is side lying comfortably and then readjust myself to his level so he doesn't have to move his head to get the nipple...once they are older they can move all over to find it themselves!!
Pillows! Pillows, pillows, pillows. There are a ton of articles online that are just like "lay on your side, latch baby on, voila!" which made me want to scream when I was trying to figure it out with my first. That is NOT helpful. Now I can do that, no problem, but this is my third co-sleeping baby and I've got lots and lots of practice.
Put a couple of pillows under your head so can you can see without getting a crick in your neck. Put a couple behind your back so you don't accidentally roll backwards too far. Put one between your knees- I don't know why it helps, but it does. Keeps everything in alignment, maybe?
I found it helpful to put the baby on a pillow at first as well, so that their mouths are more in line with my nipple. If you're smaller than me you may not need to do that. If you're not doing the pillow or if you don't have one the right size, then prop the baby's head on your upper arm and curve your hand under baby's butt. You want to snug baby's butt in close to your belly- the closer that butt is, the better angle the head will be at. You can scooch your baby around with the head and bum supported in your arm and hand so that baby's mouth is more in line, and use your free hand to help direct your nipple- often compressing the upper side helps a bit to get the angle right. Use the arm under the baby to squeeze your baby in close as soon as he opens his mouth wide to latch.
It does take a lot of practice and can be super frustrating- best to try when baby isn't super hungry, and when you're comfortable (hence the pillows) so you don't end up awnting to cry with your baby.
Keep trying- you'll get it!