The cross-cra­dle hold:


In this po­si­tion, the mother sits with her back straight. A nurs­ing pil­low may be help­ful dur­ing the early days to pro­vide sup­port to the baby and the mother’s arms. Now, place the baby on the mother’s lap such that the baby’s ab­domen is aligned with the mother’s ab­domen. The mother then sup­ports the baby’s head, neck and shoul­ders in the cup of her palm and tucks baby lower body into the curve of her waist. Now, she needs to sup­port her breast with a C hold with her outer free hand and guides her baby’s lower chin to touch her breast and en­cour­age her baby to open his jaw wide and take a deep latch.

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