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#1 of 7 Old 04-10-2013, 09:54 AM - Thread Starter
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I hope this isn't too cliche of a question. Everyone keeps telling me "whatever is comfortable." But I suppose the problem is that I've never breastfed, so I don't know how I'm going to want to sit WHILE breastfeeding.


Right now, we have very little furniture, so I am planning to buy some kind of chair to nurse when I want private time with the baby. I am thinking about getting a La Z Boy type rocker/recliner. My first question is if you can nurse while the chair is reclined? Really reclined, with baby on top? Say I'd be at a 45 degree angle. I know you can nurse laying down, laying baby on his/her side, but this would be different, obviously.


My thoughts on a glider--I actually don't like that gliding motion. Makes me feel dizzy. And if I'm not relaxed/happy, the baby won't be, right?


Back to the La Z Boy....I may not want to rock while nursing, either. I may just want to be STILL. Is that something a "been there done that" Mom would laugh at and say, "yeah, you say you want that now, while you aren't trying to soothe a baby."?


So then that just really leaves some kind of padded chair with padded armrests. Or maybe a La Z Boy that can be "locked" to be a non-rocker. Then I'd have both options.


Thoughts??? I know I am making this complicated, but I gotta pick something......

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Good question! I have used a glider and a lazy boy style rocker recliner. I personally preffered the rocker recliner. I really liked having the padded arms and ability to recline. When I nurse I use a bed pillow under baby and adjust according to how much recline I want. Late a night I just kick it all the way back and snooze while baby is nursing. I just make sure nothing is blocking airways and he is secure in my arms. I love having the option to rock as well. When my chair is not reclined it is still pretty stable. I can use my foot or just rock my body a bit to get it to move. All in all I feel much more supported while nursing in my recliner. Good luck and I hope you find what you are looking for!
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I second the rocking recliner for sure. Mine was a cheap Sears knockoff and I pulled an ottoman up to it For my feet so they'd be elevated without reclining. It was very stable and I had to work to rock so it so I wasn't forced to rock if I didn't want to. Later I'd lay DD on my chest, recline and doze off. In fact I coslept that way on difficult nights and it was a lifesaver! Hth
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Buy what you'd like! You'll keep the recliner for decades and your baby will only nurse reclining in a rocking chair for, what, like 6 months? (Nursing a toddler is a whole different ballgame, lol)


My only advice is make sure there's enough room between the arms. If it's too narrow, it can be hard to fit a newborn in head-to-foot, if that makes sense.


As for whether you're be able to nurse reclining or in this or that position, the answer is always: MAYBE. Because there's no "way" to nurse. It's different based on the parent and the child, and you just kind of figure it out as you go.

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I didn't have one but my Sister and her husband both swear by a lazyboy recliner that now resides in front of their tv. In retrospect I do too. Great for newborn because you can slide on down to almost full reclined. Also great when a kid is sick, even, and older kid, and they need to be upright at various angles. Plus, it rocks.


Bigger is better because you want room for your arms, maybe a pillow, and I always found it more comfortable to be crosslegged.

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You can nurse reclined tummy tu tummy. Great it you have a strong letdown to baby has to work against gravity.

I also suggest the armchair. I nurse in anything and fing padded armrests and a place to put me feet up the most important to me.

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definitely get the la z boy. We can't live without it over here. I slept in it the last 2 months of my pregnancy because of psd and not being able to get in the bed, and continued to sleep in it after my lo was born in Dec.

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