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allisonk2011's Avatar allisonk2011 10:16 AM 06-10-2011

When nursing what kind of support do you use.  Right now I have a boppy pillow that was handmade.  I lay him across it for my right side to do the cradle hold, and it seems like it was working, but now I feel like its not. He fussy's and cry's more on that side. I have a fast let down flow, and he wants to come up for air in like 5 minutes or sooner.  On my left side I do the football hold and he does not fussy or cry that much.  I was wondering what other kinds of pillows are out there.  I saw one on babyrus but no one bought it for me on my registry. I either sit on our rocking chair or on the bed to nurse.  The morning I tried the football hold on my right side and it was a bit of a challenge and he did stay on for a longer period of time. I guess because I'm right handed I have to find the best positions for him to nurse, and for me to feel comfortable.  what are some better positions to nurse. I feel that I hunch down more to nurse him instead of leaning back.

BubbaMama's Avatar BubbaMama 11:50 AM 06-10-2011

With my first I used a brestfriend pillow and it was good, much more supportive than a boppy style. It was helpful when still learning how to hold her correctly.  When my second arrived, I was a seasoned BF'er, so I didn't use anything.  Cradle hold, just holding the baby.  I find when you rely on having something support your baby (like a pillow) you end up with wonky positioning for a good latch.  The pillow is just supposed to support your arms, not the baby.


I'd work on getting used to a regular old cradle hold as football hold isn't condusive for nursing past a certain age (they get too long).  As for the heavy letdown, I found kellymom.com's advice helpful: http://www.kellymom.com/bf/supply/fast-letdown.html.  My DD was a marathon nurser, would nurse at least 45 minutes in the beginning, my DS not so much.  If he is done in five minutes and content, he might truly be done at that point.



allisonk2011's Avatar allisonk2011 01:59 PM 06-10-2011

thanks.  I was reading that link the other day too.  I'll look into the breast friend pillow.  The boppy pillow is not doing so much.  When I'm nursing on the bed I have regular pillows supporting my back and arms, but I'm sitting upright and not laying down, and I feel that my breast's are mushing is little tummy. I have tried nursing on my rocking chair and I'm not that comfortable with it.  My son was born two weeks early due to low amino fluid and he was also a bit on the small size.  He was 5 pounds and 6 ounces.  Now he is a month old and when I went to the doctors the other day he is 7 pounds and 6 ounces.   So he gained some weight even when he is spitting up normal and also vomiting it up on my right side that's the fast flow.


tibeca's Avatar tibeca 07:39 PM 06-10-2011

Look into laid back nursing. It may be just what you need to develop the right balance for you and your babe.