Sleeping Positions for Breastfeeding Moms
Visitor Question: 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. 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, but as long as you have a good milk supply, you can probably safely sleep in any position that feels comfortable to you.
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.
However, 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.
Some moms also find that they can’t sleep their stomachs because it just hurts their breasts or causes them to leak.
For most moms, as long as you are not currently having supply issues, flip over to your stomach and get a good night’s sleep!!! Mommy’s need their rest!