Finding the right breastfeeding position can make your experience entirely different. It can decrease nipple pain and allow you to feed your baby most comfortably. You should give the Australian breastfeeding hold a try!
I’ve tried all of the breastfeeding holds, and I can tell you that they do make a difference. You might know the Australian hold by other names – saddle hold or the koala hold.
This hold isn’t the typical one that your lactation consultant might recommend trying or as popular as the likes of side-lying, laid back, cradle hold, or football hold. It tends to be better for older babies, but it can be used for newborns if you can do it appropriately.
Check it out; it might become a favorite for you and your baby.
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How to Do The Australian Hold
This hold is different than most ones. Here’s what you need to do.
Your baby is going to straddle your thigh, facing towards your breast vertically. Your knee and leg support your baby’s bottom, while your one hand, depending on the side that you are breastfeeding, is on your baby’s head or neck. Your hand will help your baby latch onto your breast. Use your other hand to support and cup your breast, which helps your baby get the right latch on your breast.
As your baby gets bigger, you can sit your baby on your lap and nurse. They won’t need your hand to help hold your breast, nor will they need your hand to support their head or neck.
Is The Australian Hold Appropriate for All Babies?
While you can use the saddle hold for all babies, it is best for older babies. It can be a bit difficult for little babies to reach your breast without a pad or folded blanket underneath of their bottoms.
Also, older babies and toddlers have neck and head control. You won’t need to hold your child’s head the entire time that they’re nursing. Plus, when your child is older, it can be more discreet to feed in public.
The koala hold is also an excellent hold for babies or toddlers who suffer from acid reflux or ear infections. Both of those problems can make it uncomfortable to lay flat or downwards. If your baby has a tongue-tie or low muscle, you should try the Australian hold nursing.
How to Use Australian Hold With a Newborn
If you try this hold with a newborn baby, you will notice that you end up without any free hands. One hand needs to support your baby’s head, and your other hand needs to support your breast.
This can be uncomfortable for long periods, but you can use the same hold in a recliner with your feet up. Then, your back can lean against the recliner. You do need to sit up as straight as possible in the recliner to be sure your baby’s nose isn’t pressed against your breast too firmly.
When you’re searching for the right breastfeeding hold, don’t forget to try the Australian hold. It’s an upright feeding position that is ideal for older babies or those with acid reflux and ear infections. Your baby might love it.