Since my LO was a preemie and had trouble staying latched at first, the lactation consultant in the NICU had me start off breastfeeding with the reverse cradle hold. Now I have trouble with the regular cradle hold, because my LO likes to do this head bobbing thing when he first starts a nursing session (I think to control the flow). He can stay latched just fine while doing this if I am holding him in the reverse cradle, so I end up doing this during the initial let-down until he settles down. Then I try to quietly switch him into the regular cradle hold while he is still nursing. Sometimes it works with no problems, but most of the time he will start to head bob again (probably because has been disturbed) and will pop off.
Sometimes I think that if I started him off in the cradle hold, he would stay on just fine (I would just put my other hand behind his head for a minute until he settles), but I have a really hard time trying to steer him onto my breast this way. Anyone have any tips? It would make nursing in public much easier because I would have a hand free to hold the blanket up like a screen (he doesn't seem to like having it draped over his face while nursing).
I hope I'm making sense. I'm really sleepy today. :P