Will I hurt the baby’s neck by holding it?
Some mothers worry they will hurt the baby by holding the neck. In fact, babies find this comforting when done properly. Newborns and young babies have relatively weak necks. Supporting the neck helps to stabilize the head and keep it in the right position for breastfeeding. To do this, place the palm of your hand behind the neck and shoulders. Place the pad of your thumb behind one ear and pad of your index (pointer) finger behind the other, so that your hand and the rest of the fingers are curled around the back of the neck and the upper back. The head should be straight and lined up with the rest of the body in the sniffing position.