What is the side-lying hold?
With the side-lying hold, the mother lies on her side on a firm surface while breastfeeding and the baby lies beside her tummy-to-tummy. The mother needs to make sure the baby’s mouth is aligned with her nipple and that the baby is not rolling away from her. This hold does not provide as much control over the baby as some others. It works well for mothers with small or average breast sizes and for older babies but not so well for mothers with large breasts or tender tummies or painful nipples. It is not very helpful for babies who are weak as it cannot be combined with the sandwich technique.