In the Australian hold, your baby is held vertically and straddles your
thigh, facing you. Your knee supports your baby on his or her bottom, while one
hand is low on the baby's head to give control as you bring your baby to the
breast to latch. The other hand (on the side opposite from the breast being
used) supports and narrows the breast to help the baby form a good, deep latch
on the areola.
ByHealthwise Staff Primary Medical ReviewerSarah Marshall, MD - Family Medicine Specialist Medical ReviewerMary Robbins, RNC, IBCLC - Lactation Consultant
Sarah Marshall, MD - Family Medicine & Mary Robbins, RNC, IBCLC - Lactation Consultant
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