Best Breastfeeding Positions (That Aren't the Cradle Hold)
Is the cradle hold just not working for you? Try these three other great breastfeeding positions, from The Womanly Art of Breastfeeding by La Leche League International
The Cross-Cradle Hold
The cross-cradle position is similar to the cradle hold, but you are holding the baby with the opposite arm. Cross-cradle—also known as the crossover or transition hold—gives you a good view of Baby’s latch-on and may be a good choice at first for a premature baby or a baby who is having trouble latching.
- To feed Baby with the left breast, support the breast with your left hand and hold the baby with your right arm.
- Support your baby’s head by resting his neck on the palm of your hand, with your thumb and fingers at the base of his head.
- Don’t hold onto the back of baby’s head, as this will cause some babies to pull away from the breast.
- Some mothers use pillows under the baby’s body to support his weight and bring him up to the level of the breast.
- By using the “U” hold, your elbow is at your side. Support your breast with the hand on the same side as the breast you are offering.
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