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.
Primary Medical Reviewer
Sarah Marshall, MD - Family Medicine
Specialist Medical Reviewer
Mary Robbins, RNC, IBCLC - Lactation Consultant
Current as of
April 3, 2013
WebMD Medical Reference from Healthwise
April 03, 2013
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