Breastfeeding is a beautiful, natural way to feed and bond with your baby, but for some mums it can also mean back pain!
In a recent Facebook Live, Mifwife Tylah told TMB TV that it’s common for women to experience back pain while breastfeeding.
“A lot of women will get six weeks down the track and be like, why am I in constant pain?” she says.
Watch the full interview below:
We hold a lot of tension in our neck, shoulders and back when feeding babies, so it’s important to pay attention to posture to keep the pain and discomfort to a minimum.
Here are two breastfeeding positions that Tylah recommends.
“So the best position we normally say is called biological nurturing, or laid-back breastfeeding,” says Tylah.
“Essentially you’re in bed and you’re on about a 90 degree angle, and you let baby attach and feed like that.
“That way you’re not hunching over, and you’re not pushing your breast to baby.”
You can also try a position called side-lying.
“Side-lying is where you’re lying in bed and the baby’s lying next to you – that’s also a good one for the back because you’re not putting any strain on it,” says Tylah.
As well as helping with back pain, The Australian Breastfeeding Association says learning to breastfeed while lying down can also help mums get more rest (unfortunately not sleep – just some much-needed rest!). Here’s are their tips for doing it safely.
Read more about breastfeeding while lying down here.
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