The cross-cradle hold is similar to the cradle position in that the baby’s body is laying horizontal to your own, belly to belly. It differs from the cradle in your arm positions.
With the cross-cradle hold, your arm that is opposite the breast in use is supporting the baby’s upper body. This hand should be supporting the baby behind his ears and neck—don’t cup your baby’s head and push it to the breast, as this can cause them to reflexively pull away. The baby’s body should be facing toward yours and your free hand can be used to offer the breast to baby to self-latch. Allow the baby to latch on when he or she is ready.
Reviewed by Dr. Jen Lincoln, September 2020