Cradle hold
How to master the classic breastfeeding position you’ve always seen in movies.
  • Sit up in bed or in a comfortable chair that supports your back. Keep your knees slightly higher than your hips, use a footstool if necessary.
  • You can use pillows to support your baby at breast height, lying on his or her side, with the baby’s head comfortably in the bend of your elbow.
  • After the baby is positioned correctly, hold your breast with four fingers underneath, thumb resting lightly on top.
  • Stroke your baby’s lower lip with your nipple, and when his or her mouth opens wide like a yawn, bring the baby quickly to your breast.
  • The baby needs to take the nipple and some of the areola into his or her mouth. (The areola is the darker skin around the nipple). Never attempt latch-on with the baby’s mouth half open.
  • The baby’s nose and chin should touch the breast.
  • Avoid pushing on the back of baby’s head, instead, bring his or her whole body towards you. Don’t lean forward to the baby.
  • If there are more than a few moments of discomfort, or if suction is concentrated only on the nipple, break the suction with your finger and try to position and latch-on again. Don’t get discouraged if several tries are necessary. This is a normal part of the nursing process.

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