Visitor Question about Sleeping Positions for Breastfeeding Moms:
I have always slept on my stomach. I have heard that it is not recommended to sleep on your stomach while you are breastfeeding because it can compromise your milk supply. Does sleeping on your stomach affect milk supply? I really do not sleep well on my side or back and just wanted to make sure that I am suffering for good reason. Is it ok to sleep on my stomach, or will it lessen my supply? Thanks!
Breastfeeding Magazine Response:
Many moms have this same concern about the sleeping positions for breastfeeding moms, but as long as you have a good milk supply, you can probably safely sleep in any position that feels comfortable to you without having issues.
Does Sleeping Position Affect Milk Supply?
Sleeping on your stomach will put some pressure on the breasts (similar to wearing a very tight sports bra.) This pressure can affect your supply. You will want to experiment at first to see exactly how much it affects you. Most moms and babies don’t even notice the difference!
Some moms do find that they just can’t sleep their stomachs even if they did previously because it just hurts their breasts or causes them to leak. If you have this issue, make sure to choose good nursing pads and change them right before you go to bed at night. This will keep you from leaking all over but still enjoy your favorite sleeping position!
Can Sleeping on your Stomach Cause Clogged Milk Ducts?
Sleeping on your stomach while breastfeeding can lead to clogged ducts if the milk is just sitting in your breasts. Making sure that your breasts are completely drained by the last breastfeeding of pumping session of the evening can help to minimize this risk. You can also try cluster feeding in the evening to make sure that your baby has plenty of opportunities to drain your milk supply before bedtime.
Keep in mind: even if it did decrease your milk production during sleeping hours, your breasts will just produce more during the day to make up for what your child needs. After all, your body was made to meet your little one’s needs and will respond to that. Your body has an amazing ability to adjust to the perfect needs of your baby! (It is kind of like having a superpower!)
How Should I Sleep When Breastfeeding?
For most moms, as long as you are not currently having supply issues, flip over to your stomach, your side, your back or whatever lets you get a good night’s sleep! Mommy’s need their rest!!! If you have the opportunity to sleep through the night….by all means, do it in a way that you are most comfortable.