Breastfeeding Using The C-Hold

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What is the C-Hold?

The C-Hold, also known as the palmer grasp, is a hold used to support your breast as you're latching your baby on to breastfeed. When using the C-hold, you place your breast in the palm of your hand with your thumb on the top of your breast and your fingers around the bottom of your breast. Your hand will look like it is in the shape of the letter C. This hold gives you the ability to control the movement of your breast and direct your nipple toward your baby's mouth.

Whether you prefer a traditional latch or an asymmetrical latch, the C-hold will allow you to aim your nipple into the proper position so that the baby latches on correctly. With this hold, you can also gently squeeze your fingers and your thumb together to flatten the areola and nipple making it easier for some babies to latch on. Just remember that it's important to keep your thumb and fingers behind your areola so that they do not get in the way of your baby's mouth.

The C-hold can be used by almost everyone. It is a particularly good hold if you have large breasts or small hands. However, if you have very small breasts or very large hands may find the V-hold to be more comfortable for you. 

Breast holds tend to be helpful when you are first starting out with breastfeeding. Once you and your baby become more comfortable, you may find that you no longer need to hold or support your breast while you're nursing.

  

Sources:

American Academy of Pediatrics. New Mother’s Guide To Breastfeeding. Bantam Books. New York. 2011.

Lawrence, Ruth A., MD, Lawrence, Robert M., MD. Breastfeeding A Guide For The Medical Profession Sixth Edition.  Mosby. Philadelphia. 2005.

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