Breastfeeding

Q&A: Switching Up Nursing Positions?

Is it okay to nurse my baby in the same position every time, or do I have to switch up?

It's a myth that you need to periodically change nursing positions in order to fully drain all of the ducts in your breast. In reality, when your baby nurses, your body triggers a let-down reflex that pushes the milk forward in the breast and allows it to flow as your baby drinks. This let-down pushes milk forward in all of the ducts, and they all drain as baby nurses, regardless of the position baby is in as he drinks. So if you’ve found a comfortable position that works well for both of you, there is no need to change; however, if you're still looking for the most comfortable position, experimenting with different ones at different times can be helpful in finding what works best for both of you.

By Jeanne Cygnus, IBCLC, RLC