Tips for Breastfeeding in the Baby Carrier

Babywearing and breastfeeding often go hand in hand; breastfeeding encouraged and even made easier by babywearing and babywearing encouraged and even made easier by breastfeeding. There can be a learning curve to figuring that out though but worth taking the time to see if it is something that would work for you. Once I got the hang of breastfeeding in a carrier it made it so much easier to chase around my other children (I have 6 total, keeping up is a big job!) and meet my baby’s needs too. Whatever carrier you have or prefer, breastfeeding is likely possible while babywearing.

Feeding a baby in a carrier is totally doable. It may not be easy at first, but with a little patience and practice, you and your baby will get the hang of it in no time.

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Here are some tips for breastfeeding your baby in a baby carrier:

  • Be confident. Fake it until you are.
  • Be patient. It may take time and practice and being patient with the process will help in the long run.
  • Practice at home when baby isn’t hungry so you don’t feel stressed or rushed.
  • Release strap on side you’re going to feed from.
  • Loosen and lower waist if you need to get the baby still lower to the breast.
  • Wear a low cut stretchy neckline and pull breast out the top to avoid wrestling with pulling your shirt up with baby on you.
  • Slip hand in top or side of carrier to free breast and latch baby. Can use two hands usually if needed.
  • Large breasted women may find a rolled up receiving blanket placed under the breast helpful for support.
  • If baby has trouble latching, leaning forward may help give a little more space.
  • Once latched tighten straps for hands-free Breastfeeding.
  • If you feel you need more coverage snap one side of the hood. Leave the other open so you can see in easily.
  • Once baby is done eating, slip hand in to put your breast away.
  • Tighten strap and waist to raise baby back to the safest position with the top of their head easily kissable.

 

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Breastfeeding carries on! This post originally appeared here.  Re-posted with permission.

Jessica Martin-Weber

Drawing from a diverse background in the performing arts and midwifery, Jessica Martin-Weber supports women and families, creating spaces for open dialogue. Creator of The Leaky Boob, she co-parents her 6 daughters with her husband of 16 years.

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July 18, 2014

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