"I'm excited that Black breastfeeding rates have increased, but there is still much work to be done. ACOG recognizes that breastfeeding and decreased breastfeeding disparities are a public health priority. Breastfeeding is not just about choice. Black breastfeeding rates are a reflection of historical antecedents and societal support and value." - Adetola F. Louis-Jacques, MD, FACOG
Common breastfeeding holds
Great for newborn babies who need extra head support. Helps get a good latch. Use pillows to prop up baby, and hold baby's head with your left hand and you breast with your right hand.
Great hold for moms who have had a c-section. Hold baby on her back with her head under your breast, with her legs under your arm. Use your left palm to bring baby's mouth to your breast and to support her head, and the opposite hand to hold your breast.
Great for babies who are a few weeks old and have some neck control, and especially for older babies. Baby's head should be on your forearm and his whole body facing yours. Use one hand to support your baby's body and the other to hold your breast.
Great for moms who have had a c-section and are unable to place weight on her abdomen, or to help mom get more rest while breastfeeding. Lie on your side with your baby facing you, belly-to-belly, and her nose close to your nipple.