After you give birth, let’s just say that your body has been through a lot. When you feed your baby, whether by breast or by bottle, you may be adding more stress to your body by the way you position yourself.

Want to avoid neck or back strain during feeding time? Check out this interview I had with Dr. Holly Strobel, a doctor of physical therapy who specializes in women’s health!

The side-lying and laid-back positions we discuss are some of the easiest ways to breastfeed.  Remember, if you choose these positions, keep your baby safe by feeding on a firm mattress!  It’s fine to fall asleep if you’re not on a couch, recliner, or other surface where your baby could get caught between cushions.

And check out Atlas Therapy’s website for some gentle exercises that can help with neck, shoulder, and back pain associated with looking down too much while feeding your baby.

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