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    Laid-back breastfeeding

    This is basically what the LC had me do yesterday and it was soooo comfortable compared to what we had been doing, which was cross-cradle or football hold. With those we were both sweaty and upset by the time we latched, if we did at all. Plus I was so hunched over with tension that I started getting back and neck spasms. So today I tried this again, just reclining on the corner part of our sectional couch, stroked his back until we started rooting, then mostly let him latch himself, and we achieved a slightly uncomfortable but not painful latch.

    Anyone else do this with a newborn? Did it help with sore nipples?
    Karen

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    I didn't do that specifically, but the position is similar to what I ended up doing with both of mine. I never had latch issues though, so I'm not sure about whether it helps with that.

    It certainly sounds less stressful and more...well, laid back. If it's working for you guys go for it!
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    Excited to try this!
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    I haven't tried it, but I'm so glad you found something that worked for you!!
    Tracie

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    There are several good articles on laid-back breastfeeding on Nancy Mohrbacher's blog (the author of Breastfeeding Answers Made Simple).

    One I particularly like is a short guest post by Diane Wiessinger, called "Doing It Right." The basic gist being, it doesn't matter if you're doing it "right," what matters is if it works.

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    I have problems with OS/OALD, and this is one of the positions that has worked best for us. By keeping DD on top of the breast, she gags and chokes much less. We started with this position in the hospital, and at 6mos it is still her favorite.

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    Quote Originally Posted by @llli*wdsmom View Post

    I have problems with OS/OALD, and this is one of the positions that has worked best for us. By keeping DD on top of the breast, she gags and chokes much less. We started with this position in the hospital, and at 6mos it is still her favorite.
    Me too. It's awesome for OALD. We started doing this at about 4ish weeks and it was such a relief and super comfy too. I always called this The Austrailian (I read that somewhere) because mama is "down under" baby. I hope it helps you guys Karen!
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    Quote Originally Posted by @llli*mommy2lilah View Post
    I haven't tried it, but I'm so glad you found something that worked for you!!
    So happy you guys are getting it figured out!!
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    I like it. I don't remember if we did this or not. But TFS.

    I could not deal with the cross cradle and one nurse kept trying to get me to do the football hold and I was just not comfortable with that one either. I thought I was going to drop my baby.
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    Default Re: Laid-Back Breastfeeding

    I did this with both babies - helped with OALD and just seemed more "natural" and comfortable.

    I still bf my toddler mostly reclined on the sofa or a comfy chair.
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