The football—or clutch—hold is helpful for babies who are having trouble latching on, as it gives the mother good visibility of what's going on and good control of Baby's position as he latches
- Seated in a wide chair or on a sofa, position Baby at your side with his legs uder your arm and his head near your breast.
- Support his head by placing your fingers on his neck and shoulders.
- Use pillows to bring Baby up to the level of your nipple. (This mom is using a u-shaped nursing pillow, which may be helpful for you.)
- When you pull Baby in close to latch on, be sure his legs are not pushing against the back of the chair or sofa. (If they are, bend his legs upward, behind you.)