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Lifting and Feeding Techniques for Infants

Lifting, carrying and feeding young children places stress upon your hands, especially on your thumb and wrist area.
The following suggestions may be helpful:

  • Scoop your baby with your thumb and wrist relaxed when picking them up from a car seat or cot. Keep a wide base of support and keep your child close to your body.
  • Avoid long periods of sustained holding or gripping. Use a bouncer or play-mat instead.
  • Watch the position of your thumbs when feeding – rest the babies head in the palm of your hand with your thumbs relaxed. Use a pillow for support.  
  • Change your feeding position regularly.
  • When feeding hold your babies head with the palm of your hand, keep your wrist straight and thumb relaxed.
  • If expressing milk, use an electric pump.
  • Carry your baby close to you; use a sling or a pouch.
  • When driving or pushing a pram, keep your thumb next to your index finger (and not sticking out to the side).
  • Put the car seat/capsule close to the passenger door for easier lifting.

How to lift an infant
How not to lift an infant
Infant holding technique
Infant holding technique

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