Baby Body Mechanics: Protect Your Back!
February 24, 2011
By Karen Woodman, Obstetrics PT
Correct posture principles when caring for your baby:
- Keep your back slightly arched and bend your knees when lifting your baby.
- Before standing or lifting, pull in and lift your lower belly muscles, continuing to breath.
- Hold your baby close to your body.
- Try using support when carrying your baby (i.e. slings, Baby Bjorn, Snuggli, etc.).
- Sit straight and tall when breastfeeding; do not lean down into the baby.
- Support your baby during feedings with a pillow/Boppy.
- Try alternate nursing positions (football hold, side lying, cradle, or cross cradle).
- Carry only what’s needed in your diaper baby, or better yet, use a backpack.
- Use the stroller attachment for your car carrier instead of hauling it around.
- Avoid pushing your hip out to hold and carry the baby. Instead try to carry Baby with weight balanced over both legs and the baby front and center.
Source: APTA Section on Womens Health Postpartum Recovery handout.