There is no "best" position for breastfeeding. But feeding is always easiest when both you and your baby are comfortable and relaxed.
Because every mom and baby are different, some positions may work better for you than others. Another reason to try different positions: It can help reduce breast tenderness, if your baby isn’t latching on and applying pressure to the same spot every time.
Nursing position #1: the cross-cradle hold
This is a good position for new breastfeeding moms and babies, for moms with premature babies, and for those who have trouble getting their little one to latch on. It makes it easier to see them latch on compared to the traditional cradle hold.
Hold your baby across your body in the arm opposite the breast from which they will be feeding. Their position will be the same as in the cradle hold (see below), but you will use your other arm to hold them. Your baby should be level with your breast, with their body turned toward you. Some mothers find they can tuck baby's bottom into the crook of their arm. When your baby opens their mouth wide, pull them onto the breast far enough that the tip of their nose, their cheeks, and their chin are all touching your breast.
Nursing position #2: the cradle hold
Sit in a comfortable chair that supports your arms and back. Try not to hunch your shoulders. Support your breast with your hand in a cupped C-shape. Place your baby across your stomach, tummy to tummy.
Your baby's head should be in the bend of your elbow, and their mouth should be directly in front of your nipple. Use a pillow to support your arm. Tuck their lower arm around your waist, out of the way.
If correctly positioned, your baby's body should form a straight line from their ear to shoulder to hip.