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Slide show: Breast-feeding positionsBy Mayo Clinic staff
Breast-feeding: Football hold
Another option is the football hold. This position might be a good choice if you're recovering from a C-section or you have large breasts.
Hold your baby at your side, with your elbow bent. With your open hand, support your baby's head and face him or her toward your breast. Your baby's back will rest on your forearm. It might help to support your breast in a C-shaped hold with your other hand. For comfort, put a pillow on your lap and use a chair with broad, low arms.Next slide Previous slide
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