Research shows that a nursing pillow can help ease the strain of holding a nursing baby. It also makes it easier for the baby to latch on correctly. This day and age, a nursing pillow is considered essential for new moms who plan to breastfeed. And with their u-shaped design, they're very easy to use.

CRADLE HOLD
Step 1: Wrap the pillow around your waist. The pillow should fit around you so the ends of the pillow are at your sides. That way, your back can rest up against the back of the chair.
Step 2: Bring your baby into your arms and place the back of his head in the crook of your arm. Allow the baby to lie naturally, with his back against your forearm.
Step 3: Position your nipple using your opposite hand.
Step 4: Bring the baby to your breast and relax while you nurse. Use the pillow as an armrest so you don't get tired.

FOOTBALL HOLD
Step 1: Sit in a tall chair or on the sofa, and wrap your nursing pillow around your waist. Because the football hold is popular among women who had a c-section, take care to keep the pillow from rubbing up against your incision.
Step 2: Lie the baby along the side of the pillow. The baby's head and back should be supported by the nursing pillow, and his legs will be behind you.
Step 3: Use your opposite hand to position your nipple and bring your baby to your breast.

SIDE-LYING POSITION
Step 1: Lie down in a place that is comfortable. Use the nursing pillow to support your head and your neck.
Step 2: Bring your baby next to you, placing his stomach next to your stomach. Your baby will likely be laying on the nursing pillow to help him reach your nipple.
Step 3: Bring your baby to your breast.

Babinski Mama Charlene is doing the Cradle Hold with her Babi Pillow

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