What is the cross-cradle hold
In the cross-cradle hold, the mother is seated and uses her hand and arm to support the baby’s head, neck, and back. She is tummy-to-tummy with the baby, and the baby is horizontal and the baby’s arms encircle the breast she is using for feeding. This hold provides good support for the baby and gives mothers control over the baby’s movement. It is often used to fix breastfeeding problems and is compatible with the sandwich technique. The hold is well suited to mothers with breasts of average or smaller length, mothers with nipple pain, and weak babies who need good support or have latching problems. It is less effective for mothers with a larger abdomen and for older babies.