I delivered my twins via a C-section but was unable to latch them on right after delivery. I was having the shivers (a side effect of the epidural) and even had to skip their first nursing session to recover from it. Fortunately I was able to latch them up without much trouble there-after. Indeed, the football hold is recommended as it might be painful to cradle hold. It is, however, possible to cradle hold 2 babies and latch them on on each side. I used a breastfeeding pillow which helped a lot as I didn't have to hold them.
I hope this helps!