Cradle Hold

With just a few minor adjustments, every common mother-child breastfeeding position can be easily used by the adult nursing couple, including the very traditional cradle hold.

The Woman’s Position:

In the cradle hold, you will be sitting upright. In a bed, you will need to support your neck, shoulders, and lower back with pillows, and elevate your legs by placing one or more pillows beneath your knees. You will also want to place additional pillows across your lap to help elevate and support your partner.

If nursing from the right breast, you will support your partner’s head in the crook of your right arm. Your left hand will provide breast support. When he is nursing from the left breast, your partner’s head will be in the crook of your left arm, and you will provide breast support with your right hand.

The Partner’s Position:

You will lie on your side, stomach to stomach, with your partner. Your body will either be horizontal or diagonal, and the back of your head will be supported by the bend of her arm. In the cradle hold, your upper body will be supported by pillows and your shoulders and hips will be perfectly aligned.

Quick Tip:

While this position works wonderfully with the bulls-eye latch, larger-breasted women may find this nursing position a bit challenging without the aid of proper (and sometimes additional) breast support.


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