Laid back, or biological, feeding has many benefits. It’s the most natural and innate form of feeding, which allows the baby to position properly, but also takes pressure off of the mother’s perineum.
Mothers can be quite sore postpartum, but still need to breastfeed quite often, so a seated position can sometimes get uncomfortable until swelling and soreness resolve. This position also allows the mother’s shoulders to remain rolled back, relieving any tension in the neck and shoulders from sitting up to feed.
Laid-back may also be recommended if the mother has an oversupply, or if the baby has a feeding issue such as tongue-tie, being unable to control the flow rate of the milk. The gravity works, once again, in the baby’s favor, slowing the flow to a more controlled rate they can swallow comfortably without choking.
Sore nipples may actually benefit from this position, as well, as the weight of the baby’s head pushes down over the nipple and areola, which then requires less pulling and tugging on their end to stay attached throughout the feed. Other positions in which they may be reaching up may irritate further until resolved.
A sub version of this position is over-the-shoulder. This can be beneficial for working out any clogs in the upper region of the breast!