When your baby is in a good position they can attach correctly at the breast and feed effectively. It’s important to find a position where your breast hangs naturally and to tuck your baby in close. You may find this ‘laid back’ position comfortable – and useful in the early days, if you and your baby have difficulty attaching.
How do I know if my baby's correctly attached?
It’s important that your baby is latching on to your breast correctly. You can read our step by step guide to correct attachment here.
What if I can’t find a comfy position?
It’s important to be comfortable when you’re breastfeeding. If you carry on with a poor position you may end up with sore nipples and your baby may not be getting enough milk. If you’re uncomfortable and you need to change your position, you can break the suction safely by putting your finger in the side of the baby's mouth between the gums.
Make sure to speak to your health visitor, other mums, or call the National Breastfeeding Helpline on 0300 100 0212 if you're struggling to find a position that works for you both. You can find out more about getting support here.
You could also watch the video further down the page to see if you can pinpoint where the problem might be and ask your health visitor or a breastfeeding counsellor for their advice.
What other parents say
Don't worry if you don't immediately find a breastfeeding position which works for you and your baby - most mums need a wee bit of time. In the video below, a mum tells her story about getting the hang of good positioning and attachment.