Also called the palmer grasp, the C Hold is used to support the breast as you are latching your partner prior to nursing. Breast support gives you the ability to control the movement of your breast and easily guide the nipple into your partner’s mouth. It can be used in either the traditional “bulls-eye” or asymmetrical latch.
To use the C Hold support, place your breast in the palm of your hand with your thumb on top, and your fingers curled underneath it. In this hold, your hand will literally form the shape of a letter C. Once your breast is supported, you can squeeze your fingers and thumb together to flatten the areola, which often makes latching much easier. Be sure to keep your thumb and fingers behind the areola and out of the way of your partner’s mouth so the latch is not broken and suckling is not disrupted.
The C Hold is especially helpful if a woman has large breasts or small hands. Women with small breasts or larger hands may prefer to use the V Hold method of support.
No matter which hold you prefer and find more comfortable, they are a wonderful way to provide additional breast support, particularly when you and your partner are first learning to nurse. As you grow more accustomed to the suckling experience, you may find, over time, that no breast support is required at all.
Images of the C Hold can be found HERE.