5 breastfeeding positions to try

Cross-cradle

The cross-cradle is often used in the early weeks as mom and baby are learning to breastfeed.

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

References

  1. The Health Guidance. The Best Breastfeeding Positions.
  2. KidsHealth. Nursing Positions.

Comments

  1. I was having trouble with my baby unlatching alot I wish someone would’ve told me about the laid back position sooner! The lactation consultant didn’t even know about it! Thank you for sharing this!

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  2. Im just seeing this laid back position and I must say its looks very relaxing. Something i will try during nursing.

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    1. Relaxing is exactly right – this and side-lying can actually give a mama a break (and her back too!). Great techniques to try!

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  3. I wish I had known about the laid back feeding position prior to starting breastfeeding. It has become a great way to comfortably feed my little one.

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    1. Yes, isn’t it interesting how this position is so rarely taught? I have found that few women are told about it, but it really can be a lifesaver!

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