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    Default I want to learn how to nurse in cradle hold

    Well...I've been BF for 2 months now! (Baby is 3 months old...but he was in the NICU for the first 25 days.)

    I am starting to take him out more and I've even done it in public. We are going to Florida next week, and I want to feed him on the plane and in the airport. My problem is that I REALLY feel like I NEED my boppy pillow. I don't want to bring the boppy on the plane because I am also going to have my toddler with me and I am coming home alone with both of them. I need to be carrying as little as possible.

    I have been trying to practice the cradle hold without proping him up on pillows...and without sitting with my legs crossed (which I love). I just can't seem to get the hang of it. Is it because I am bigger on top? Maybe it won't ever work for us? Or just it just take practice? Maybe I should just drag the boppy with me. I will have them both in the stroller through the airport...and it has a huge basket on the bottom. I will be putting the baby in a Mai Tai when I board so I can have my hands free to help my toddler and carry whatever I need. I guess I could carry the boppy along with my diaper bag. I just wish I could get the hang of it!!! Any help or advice would be GREAT! Sorry this is soo long!
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    Default Re: I want to learn how to nurse in cradle hold

    Have you ever used a ring sling??? That might work for the situation...
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    Default Re: I want to learn how to nurse in cradle hold

    It took me a while to learn to do the cradle hold at first. You'll figure it out! Practice, practice, practice. Practice in front of a mirror. You can also get him situated on the pillow, then remove them once everything is situated and he's latched on and nursing. That way, you'll get comfortable holding him in the cradle position, but without trying to learn while latching him on. Once you get good at doing it with him latched on, then try latching him on without the pillow.

    Or maybe you can downsize to a smaller pillow, something that would be easier to carry on to the plane? Even a rolled up blanket can be made to work. Most airplanes have blankets and pillows available, but I'm leery of using them, because they might be icky. But if you could find something smaller at home that works for you, and would be easier to carry onto the plane, then that might be a good compromise.

    Reviewing the basics, so it's all fresh in your mind, might be helpful, too. http://www.llli.org/FAQ/positioning.html

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    Default Re: I want to learn how to nurse in cradle hold

    I always needed a boppy pillow.....and I love mine I would take mine
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    Default Re: I want to learn how to nurse in cradle hold

    My kids both have blankies, and they are big enough that I can scrunch one end up under the nursing babies head. My legs are crossed quite a bit of the time too. They have pillows on planes...just ask the flight attendant!


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    Default Re: I want to learn how to nurse in cradle hold

    Thanks so much for the responses!!

    A ring sling is a good idea, but I don't have the time to get my hands on one...and especially because I've purchased 3 carriers in the past 2 months. LOL! I might get put on probation for spending too much. I COULD try to nurse in my wrap...maybe I will practice tomorrow.

    I'll let yall know how it goes! I'm skeered to travel it alone with a three-month-old baby and a two-year-old toddler. EEEK!
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    Default Re: I want to learn how to nurse in cradle hold

    you can do it! bribe the 3 yo and nurse the baby all the time
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    Default Re: I want to learn how to nurse in cradle hold

    The wrap will work really well! There's a babywearing video called Tummy-to-Tummy, and it shows how to go from nursing on a pillow to nursing in a wrap (a front wrap cross carry). I'd do a search for it, someone might even have it up on-line!
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    Default Re: I want to learn how to nurse in cradle hold

    Quote Originally Posted by glowing View Post

    Or maybe you can downsize to a smaller pillow, something that would be easier to carry on to the plane? Even a rolled up blanket can be made to work.
    Bring along a jacket or blanket that you can roll up and stuff under baby. GL


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    Default Re: I want to learn how to nurse in cradle hold

    How big is DS? When DD got a few months old the LC directed me to do a variation of the cradle hold where we kind of sat her little bum on my lap, instead of keeping it elevated like it was with the Boppy. Sorry I'm not describing it well...

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