Proper Breastfeeding Position:
This breastfeeding video demonstrates the cradle hold breastfeeding position. To perform the cradle hold:
1. Sit up with your back supported
2. One arm cradles your baby with their head nested at the elbow
3. Your open hand supports the baby’s bottom or back.
During the cradle hold breastfeeding position your baby’s abdomen lies against your own. Gently use one hand to support your breast and guide it into your child’s mouth for a proper latch. (If you are unsure you are achieving a proper latch there are resource articles listed at the bottom of the page.) Bring your baby toward your breast with your other arm. Putting a pillow in your lap will provide your arm with rests at a comfortable level. I have also found it extremely comfortable for myself and the baby when propping up my feet.
The cradle hold is the position that I envisioned as the quintessential breastfeeding position before I became a mother and started breastfeeding. In practice I have found that it does not offer as much control as other breastfeeding positions. The cradle hold breastfeeding position usually works well after breastfeeding is well established between mother and child.
For those of you with who are visual thinkers I have included this breastfeeding video to help you learn how to set yourself and your child into a comfortable cradle hold breastfeeding position: