We stumbled into this flickr pool of unusual and lovely breastfeeding photos from Mothering Touch Centre, and wanted to share them. After we finished tittering about the silly, staged style of photography. I also wanted to provide you a public service and let you know when and why you might want (or need!) to use these atypical positions. The following information is based on what I’ve learned from my 34+ months breastfeeding and zero medical training.
Upside down and backwards: Builds ab muscles for mama and can help drain breasts more thoroughly in the case of plugged ducts. And funny.
The newborn flopover: Requires a comfortable reclined chair or couch; useful when a tiny baby needs a really full feeding. Recommended to me by a lactation consultant in lieu of the upside down and backwards (above); not at all discreet when your in-laws are visiting.
Side-lying: A terrific position for tired mamas and/or co-sleepers. Not so strange, but I never mastered this one so, to me, it will always be mysterious.
In the baby carrier: Bravo to all mothers who learn how to breastfeed while wearing a baby carrier. Odds are that we’ve seen you among us and had no clue what you were up to. I’ve used the pictured technique through airports and grocery stores without incident.
I’d love to hear about any unusual nursing positions you’ve attempted.
[All photos c/o Mothering Touch via flickr]