Breastfeeding: Cradle hold

Cradle hold for breastfeeding

In the cradle hold (traditional), you sit up with your back supported. One arm supports your baby, with your baby's head in the bend of your elbow and your open hand supporting the baby's bottom or back. Your baby's belly lies against yours. Use your other hand to support your breast and guide it into your baby's mouth for a proper latch.

Current as of: June 16, 2021

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Medical Review:
Sarah Marshall MD - Family Medicine
Adam Husney MD - Family Medicine
Kathleen Romito MD - Family Medicine
Kirtly Jones MD - Obstetrics and Gynecology