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.