There are different ways that you can hold your pēpi to breastfeed. Find the ones that are comfortable for you.
It is often easier to start breastfeeding by holding your pēpi in the cross-cradle position. This means that their head is supported with your hand at the base of their neck. The position of your hand is important as they need to be able to tilt their head back slightly. Make sure that your arm or hand is not behind the baby’s head, or they might not be able to tilt it back. Your other hand is supporting your breast.
Once baby is latched well, you can change to a cradle hold, which might be more comfortable.
Release your hold on your breast, unless it is very heavy and full. In this case you may need to support it during the feed — see the underarm/rugby hold below — and move your arm gently around the baby.
Underarm or rugby hold
The underarm or rugby hold can also be useful if your breasts are heavy, as the weight is partially supported by the baby.
Using a lying-down position or the underarm or rugby hold can be useful if you have had a caesarean.