Two Ways To Stop Neck And Back Pain During Breast Feeding

Hello everyone.

Today is for those moms who may be experiencing pain and stiffness in the neck and shoulders during or after breast-feeding their newborn babies.

This is the most common complaint that I see with moms who choose to breast feed, so I have 2 things for your consideration.

First of all, it is not a good idea to breast feed while you are standing. You may tend to multi-task and you will end up hunching over creating a forward head posture and hump-back postural presentation.

We know that this type of postural presentation can cause headaches, pain and stiffness in the neck and shoulders, and also increases your risk of falling.

Secondly, breast feeding is much safer and much easier on you when you are sitting or in a reclined posture. Either way you can hold your baby close – tummy to tummy in the cradle position or tummy to side if you prefer the football hold. Your babe will latch more fully, they won’t tug on you as much and you will be able to maintain more of an upright neutral posture where your head and neck are aligned on top of your shoulders.

An upright neutral posture will lessen your chances of developing headaches, pain and stiffness in the neck and shoulders, and also won’t fatigue you as much.

Sometimes they do like to feed for quite a while.

A few small postural adjustments can be a real back saver for you.

Let me know how this works for you.

Feel free to leave a comment or ask a question if you have one.

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