Sometimes, it’s great to multitask. Of course you’re a pro at this already. But you may not have realized you can actually nurse while “wearing” your baby. Here’s how it works.
You have several choices here. You can go for something that wraps around, like the Moby Wrap, which lets you carry your child either cradled or facing you. If you prefer a structured carrier, the Baby Bjorn and ERGO Baby let you carry the baby facing you as well. Ring slings are also popular for ease of adjustability, and pouches work fine, too.
Step one: With baby in the carrier, adjust the straps so she can reach your breast. What position works best? For a newborn, try to gently tilt the baby into a cradling position. Older babies may be able to be more upright, and require fewer adjustments, for nursing. No matter what position you use, make sure to support the baby’s head with your hand.
Step two: Unhook your bra and shift your clothing to the side. Of course, some shirts are easier than others for breastfeeding. A true nursing top has panels that open and expose very little of your body. If you don’t have a nursing top, you might want to wear a combo of a tank top and a button-down blouse.
Step three: If necessary, adjust your breast. You may have to actually reach in there, shift things around and prop yourself up a bit, to give your baby easy access to your nipple.
Step four: Snack time!
There are a lot of advantages to babywearing. It can foster your baby’s sense of calm and even reduce crying and colic. Of course, it’s mighty snuggly too. As for the rest of the world, those around you most likely won’t even see what’s going on. Plus, a feeding baby is a happy… and quiet… baby.
A true moveable feast.
Photo courtesy of Stephanie Precourt who blogs about parenting and babywearing at Adventures in Babywearing.