Lying down hold

Useful if you have:
- Painful stitches or haemorrhoids
- Had a caesarean section
- Also helpful if you are tired, and need to feed and rest, but make sure it is safe for your baby if you were to fall asleep while feeding

1. You need to lie on your side with your head on the pillows and your shoulders on the mattress
2. Bend your legs slightly, but not enough for your baby’s legs to touch your thighs
3. Your baby should be on his side facing you with his nose opposite your nipple. Make sure none of your arm is pressing on the back or top of his head. His head must be free to tilt back
4. You need to press on your baby’s shoulders with your upper hand (or sometimes the fingertips of your lower hand) to bring him to the breast when he is ready

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