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Football or Under the Arm Hold
1.
Place your baby on a pillow at your side.
2.
Support your breast with 4 fingers below
and your thumb above, forming a “C”.
Make sure your fingers are behind the
areola, the dark area around your nipple.
3.
Hold your baby tucked under your arm.
Place the palm of your hand on your baby’s
upper back, between the shoulder blades.
Control your baby’s head at the neck, below
the ears.
4.
Lift your baby up to your breast.
5.
Tickle your baby’s lips with your nipple and
wait until your baby’s mouth opens wide.
6.
Bring your baby onto your breast.
Cross Cradle Hold
1.
Place your baby on a pillow across your
lap so he or she faces you at breast level.
2.
Support your breast with the hand on that
side with your fingers and thumb below to
form a “U” shape.
3.
Place your baby’s legs under the arm
opposite the breast from which he will be
feeding.
4.
Support your baby’s head and back with
your arm and hand your baby’s legs are
under.