Positioning and Body Mechanics Tips for Moms

Body Mechanic Basics

It is important that you are using proper body mechanics or positioning when it comes to caring for your new baby. This will prevent you from getting injured! Here are some quick tips:

When lifting anything (including your new baby) make sure to squat and use your legs - not your back muscles! 

When you are holding your new baby, use pillows to support your arms and back. Make sure you are comfortable before settling in! 

(See more tips for positioning while feeding below)

When you are changing your baby's diaper, make sure the table or surface is at a good height so you are not learning over or bending your back. 

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How to safely carry a baby car seat! 

This will help save your wrist, shoulder, and back! 

  • Turn the car seat so your baby is facing you

  • Loop your arm that’s directly next to the car seat through the handle so the handle rests on the inside of your elbow

  • Twist your hand so it’s facing away from your body, and use it to support the car seat underneath the handle

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Breastfeeding Positioning 

To ensure you do not cause harm or injury to your own body while breastfeeding, try these tips for positioning! 

-Make sure you are in a comfortable position before starting. Use pillows to position and prop your baby, your arms, and your neck.

-Make sure your baby is positioned close and at nipple height, with their chin on the breast, so they do not have to strain. This will make it easier for them and you. 

-Support your breast to increase comfort for you and ease for your baby to latch.

If you do not feel comfortable or feel like you are straining your muscles - reposition! 

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Bottlefeeding Positioning 

To ensure you do not cause harm or injury to your own body while bottle feeding, try these tips for positioning! 

-Make sure you are in a comfortable position before starting a feeding. Use pillows to support your baby and your arms. 

-Try a pillow or wedge on your lap. Position your baby on their side in front of you and rest your forearm for support while holding the bottle. This position may also help acid reflux for your baby! 

If you do not feel comfortable or feel like you are straining your muscles - reposition! 

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