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The best positions to use when breastfeeding your baby

From the classic cradle hold to the rugby ball (stay with us…), there are plenty of breastfeeding positions to try until you find what works best for you and your baby

Once you’ve got going with breastfeeding, you will soon want to work out which position is right for you, especially if you’ve had a caesarean section or are nursing twins. Luckily, there are plenty to try out until you find the right one.

Whichever you choose, make sure you’re properly supported. You’re going to be breastfeeding for many hours a day – trust us, it’s worth getting comfy! 

The best breastfeeding positions:

Scroll through our gallery of photos showing you each position. 

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The underarm hold
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Lying on your side
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Classic cradle hold
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Lying on your back
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Cross-cradle hold

For mum-to-mum breastfeeding support, visit or call 0300 330 0700 (between 8am and midnight) to speak with a trained breastfeeding counsellor.

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