Breast-feeding: Cradle hold

Illustration of the cradle hold for breast-feeding

In the cradle (traditional) hold, you sit up with your back supported. One arm supports your baby, with his or her head in the bend of your elbow and your open hand supporting the baby's bottom or back. Your baby's abdomen lies against yours. As your bring your baby toward your breast, use your other hand to support the breast and guide it into his or her mouth for a proper latch. You may wish to use a stool to raise your feet or to put a pillow in your lap to rest your arm at a comfortable level.

Although it is often considered the most common hold, it does not offer as much control as other holds. However, the cradle hold position usually works well after breast-feeding is well established.

Last Updated: May 4, 2009

Medical Review: Sarah Marshall, MD - Family Medicine & Deborah A. Penava, BA, MD, FRCSC, MPH - Obstetrics and Gynecology

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