Tips for nursing one handed?

Jeanette - posted on 05/30/2009 ( 3 moms have responded )

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I injured my shoulder yesterday & have my right arm in a sling with limited ability for the next week at least. My DD is not quite 6 mo and I still nurse her. But I'm struggling with trying to do so one handed. Any tips? Hubby thinks I should just pump until I can use my arm again & let him giver her the bottles but I already struggle to keep up with her lately. We (she & I) are def. not ready to wean either so I'm afraid only bottles for the next # days would wean her.

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Jennifer - posted on 05/30/2009

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my sons favorite position is the side laying position. Also do you have a boppy? You put the boppy around your waist lay the baby on the baby while suppprting your daughter with your good hand. of course have your breast out and ready before sitting the baby on the boppy

Jennifer - posted on 05/30/2009

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my sons favorite position is the side laying position. Also do you have a boppy? You put the boppy around your waist lay the baby on the baby while suppprting your daughter with your good hand. of course have your breast out and ready before sitting the baby on the boppy

Angel - posted on 05/30/2009

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I've found that the easiest thing to do is to lie down either on the bed or a couch (if you're on the couch, it's best to put baby on the inside) and let them nurse lying down, then it requires no hands. If this is impossible because of your should, try inversting in a boppy or just use a pillow propped on your knees (it's best to cross your legs for added support.) I find that after 6 months of breastfeeding, your baby knows what to do and you shouldn't have to assist her at all. Keep in mind that if you sit up to feed her that you'll have to lean over a bit so that shecan keep ahold of your breast without your assistance. the only thing you'll have to do is keep one hand on her so she doesnt roll away. Good luck!

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