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Take a position

The go-to positions for early nursing.

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Take a position
The early days of breastfeeding can be awkward—
we know. It's all about finding your position.

Cradle & Cross Cradle

The cradle and cross-cradle holds are perfect for early breastfeeding.

For cradle, support your babe with the arm on the same side as the nursing breast. Cradle your babe in your arm, with his or her head resting comfortably in the crook of your elbow. For extra support, place a pillow on your lap.

For cross-cradle, hold your babe in the crook of the arm opposite the breast you're feeding from — left arm for right breast, right arm for left. Support the back of your babe's head with your open hand. With the other hand, support your breast from the underside in a U-shaped hold.

Always guide your babe's mouth to your breast and try not to bend over or lean forward. Instead, cradle your babe close to your breast. 



The clutch (football) hold is be a good option if you're recovering from a C-section. Hold your babe beside you, with your elbow bent. With your open hand, support your babe's head and face him or her toward your breast. Your babe's back will rest on your forearm. It might help to support your breast in a C-shaped hold with your other hand.

Side-Lying nursing is perfect for when you're tired but able to stay away. Just remember to always return the babe to his or her own bed to sleep. Lie on your side and face your babe toward your breast, supporting him or her with one hand. With the other hand, grasp your breast and touch your nipple to your baby's lips. Once your baby latches on, use one arm to support your own head and the other to help support the babe and bring him or her close.

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