Breastfeeding Using The V-Hold

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What is the V-hold?

The V-hold, also known as the scissor grasp, is a way to hold your breast while your baby is latching on to breastfeed. When you hold your breast in a V-hold, you place your nipple and areola between your index finger and your middle finger. Your thumb and index finger will be on the top of your breast, while your middle finger, ring finger and little (pinky) finger will be under your breast.

For this hold, you need to be able to spread your fingers very far apart so that they will reach far enough behind your areola. If your fingers are too close to your areola, they may get in your baby's way and prevent a good latch.

The V-hold works well if you have small breasts or large hands.  If your breasts are large or your hands are small, you may prefer to use the C-hold. Either way, you should choose the hold that you feel the most comfortable using.

In the beginning, a breast hold can help you to support your breast and get your baby latched on correctly. As your baby gets older and breastfeeding becomes more established, you may no longer need to hold your breast when your baby latches on.


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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