Nursing Positions – Dangle Feeding

There are many nursing positions to breastfeed your baby and testing out a few to see what’s most comfortable for you is a good idea. You may opt for traditional positions such as cross cradle or football hold, while some moms get wild and breastfeeding upside down and in all sorts of other interesting positions. Dangle feeding may not be on your list of classic nursing positions but it can be helpful to many moms and babies.  Here’s the scoop on dangle feeding:

Nursing Positions – Dangle Feeding

What is Dangle Feeding?

The nursing position called dangle feeding is much like the name suggests.  A mother props herself and dangles her breast above her baby, then drops her nipple into baby’s mouth. This can be done with baby in the mother’s lap or lying on a bed or the floor.

With dangle feeding, it’s important to ensure your baby still has proper latch for an effective breastfeeding session. It may take a little getting used to since the nipple is entering the mouth at a different angle. But once you and your baby get the hang of it, it may be your new favorite breastfeeding position.

Why Dangle Feeding?

Dangle feeding adds the force of gravity to your breastfeeding session. This makes suckling the milk from your breast easier. Many moms choose dangle feeding because it can help relieve a clogged duct. (More on that in a minute.) Also, if you are experiencing low milk supply, your baby has a tongue tie or lip tie, or you have slow let downs, leaning on gravity can be to your advantage.

Dangle Feeding and Clogged Ducts

A clogged duct occurs when milk dries within a duct and blocks the free passage of milk. It often occurs when mothers are engorged or full of too much milk, which is caused when milk isn’t drained properly and completely. Plugged ducts can lead to a breast infection known as mastitis.

Using dangle feeding is a terrific way to help dislodge a clogged duct as gravity and your baby can work together to work out the problem. Also warm compresses, massaging and wearing well-fit nursing bras can assist in relieving plugged ducts.

Breastfeeding is the best way to resolve a plugged duct. In addition to dangle feeding, alternate nursing positions to get milk flowing from many different directions. It is often hard to pinpoint exactly where a clogged duct is but your baby can help suckle to clear up the issue.

There is no wrong way to breastfeed as long as your baby is satisfied and neither of you are in pain or harmed. So go ahead, try dangle feeding during your next breastfeeding session!

Sources: KellyMom and Breastfeeding-Problems