Supporting Breastfeeding

La Leche League Canada

Laid-back Breastfeeding

on April 28, 2014


Laid- back breastfeeding, or Biological Nurturing, means getting comfortable with your baby and encouraging your own and your baby’s natural breastfeeding instincts.

  • Dress yourself and your baby as you choose.
  • Find a bed or couch where you can lean back and be well supported— not

    flat, but comfortably leaning back so that when you put your baby on

    your chest, gravity will keep him in position with his body molded to


  • Have your head and shoulders well supported. Let your baby’s whole

    front touch your whole front.

  • Since you’re leaning back, you don’t have a lap, so your baby can rest on

    you in any position you like. Just make sure her whole front is against you

  • Let your baby’s cheek rest somewhere near your bare breast.
  • Help her as much as you like; help her do what she’s trying to do. You’re

    a team.

  • Hold your breast or not, as you like.
  • Relax and enjoy each other

Mama and her baby blissing out


from The Womanly Art of Breastfeeding (8th Edition) 



If you need more information or have a breastfeeding problem or concern, you are strongly encouraged to talk directly to a La Leche League Leader.  In Canada, Leaders can be located by clicking or Internationally





2 responses to “Laid-back Breastfeeding

  1. […] before adding more.  He might latch and nurse in his sleep in a laid-back breastfeeding position (read more here) or he might take sips from a spoon. Feed him in whatever way works for […]

  2. […] back and reclining positions (read more here) are generally more comfortable for mothers following a c-section. Protecting the surgical site […]

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