How should I hold my premature baby?

Most babies like to stay curled up in fetal position. But your baby may not be strong enough to hold a nice, tight position. If you help him he will stay warmer and use less energy. Try the following tips:

      • When breastfeeding, hold your baby in a crosscradle or football-hold
        position. Place his hands on either side of your breast so they are
        close to his face.

      • When holding your baby, cradle him closely in your arms and tuck his
        legs in close to his body.

      • When carrying your baby, carry him snuggled close to your body in
        your arms, or curled up in a baby carrier. If you are using a
        sling-style baby carrier, check your baby often to make sure he is
        breathing properly.

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