Join Date: Apr 2002
Location: Vancouver Island, Canada
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The key to side-lying positioning without pain is pillows, pillows, pillows!
You definitely need one behind your back, b/c in order for baby to access the breast closest to the bed you have to lay back a bit. If I had only one pillow, that is where I would put it.
But it definitely helps to also have a pillow under your head. In fact I use two pillows and I sandwich my lower arm between them. My upper arm I either lay against my top side, or I lay it across DD but must have another pillow behind her to rest it on, otherwise it is not comfortable. She likes to face me and curl her feet up against my tummy, so I can also rest my top arm on her top hip, which is comfy for both of us. Finally, I like a pillow between my knees, though I haven't done that in a while.
I can also nurse her from the "top" breast but that's a bit more complicated and probably depends on your breast size so I won't go into that here, lol.