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Old 07-22-2013, 01:53 PM   #1
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help! I cannot cradle!

This sounds SO weird, but my dd is 16 weeks old and I still have yet to figure out how to nurse her in the cradle hold. Seriously.

I almost always do football. Occasionally I will do cross cradle, but no matter what cradle always feels awkward.

I don't get what I'm doing wrong. I've even been to the lactation consultant and asked her to show me and I still felt totally weird, and was never able to do it again.

This wasn't a big deal...until I just recently realized that she is getting WAY too tall for football because she kicks the couch. Plus it would be nice to be able to NIP and not look totally awkward.

Tips? How can I learn to do this? TIA!

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Her head should rest on your forearm, not elbow. Her forehead should just touch the crook of your elbow. Your arm will come behind her shoulder and tuck under her back. Try starting in cross cradle to get her latched than slip your arm in to switch to cradle at first
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Re: help! I cannot cradle!

Oh yeah, good tip. I've tried it several times now and I just can't seem to get it to work. It's just not comfortable. I'm going to keep trying though, since like I said she is definitely too long to do football much longer.

I wonder if it will be any easier once she is sitting up on her own and has more head control?
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Make sure you're not hunching, pull her belly in nice and tight and wrap her legs around you. Try it with a nursing pillow. Its easiest for me standing up, oddly
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Re: help! I cannot cradle!

You can nurse standing up?! Man, I am such a beginner!

I essentially ep'd with my first daughter because she never learned to latch right. I pumped for 14 months! I'm so happy to be able to both breastfeed and pump this time, but I still really don't feel like I know what I'm doing yet. Do you get more confident as time goes on?
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My DS is 6 months, and I can't cradle, either! For me, I have a hard time because I have large breasts, so when I try, he's always squished against them. I can do it in a pinch in public now that he has head control and can sit up better, but at home I'm pretty Boppy-dependent. I'm hoping that with the next baby, I can try to find a comfortable way to cradle early on!

So...no advice, just commiseration! Good luck!
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Re: help! I cannot cradle!

Well I don't have particularly large breasts at all (I'm a 40D) but I think because I've gained and lost weight SO many times and am now very saggy my anatomy is wrong. Like, maybe it would be easier for me if they were pointing where they should be??

I don't know, I guess I can do is keep trying. The only bad thing is that dd gets pretty frustrated with me if she's really hungry, which doesn't make it very easy.

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You can nurse standing up?! Man, I am such a beginner!

I essentially ep'd with my first daughter because she never learned to latch right. I pumped for 14 months! I'm so happy to be able to both breastfeed and pump this time, but I still really don't feel like I know what I'm doing yet. Do you get more confident as time goes on?
Oh yeah. This is only my second nursling. Shes still small enough I nurse her one handed while walking to the car pushing the stroller. Practice makes perfect really. I wasn't really confident til my first nurser was about 6 months.
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