Breast Feeding with a Baby Sling. Nursing in a sling
Nursing in a Baby Carrier
Nursing your baby in a sling is very simple with a little practice. Always make sure that your baby’s head is positioned AWAY from the rings. This gives you ample fabric to position your baby correctly and then cover yourself. Always support your baby with your arm as you normally would when you nurse in the cradle position. Even though the sling is supporting them this keeps their head at the correct position on your breast so your nipples don’t become sore. As your baby grows it is fine for their feet and legs to hang out the end where the rings are. If your baby falls asleep in this position and stops nursing it’s easy to continue carrying them this way or you can lay them down gently and then slip the sling off over your head. Many moms find they like to use the sling to nurse discreetly when they are in public. Not only can it be used to nurse while you are seated but it’s also a great way to be able to meet your baby’s needs yet be able to continue your shopping!
What’s the best way to nurse my baby in a sling?
Some women can nurse in any carrier, we’ve found that those that offer the most adjustability are best for nursing newborns or any child in the cradle (laying down position).
Our favorite is the wrap for ease of nursing on either side and the total adjustability. A stretchy wrap such as the Moby is great for newborns, but a gauze or woven wrap is easier to use for heavier children. For a tiny baby, you can use the “pea pod” position (fold the straps in half to create a pocket for the baby) by moving the fabric on the inside away from your body to make room for the baby to latch on.
For larger children, you can tie the front wrap cross carry with the pocket on the inside. Place baby inside the pocket and cross one strap under baby’s bum for support, the other can be used to support his head.
For those early days when baby just wants to nurse all the time, consider wearing your wrap as a shirt. Just go topless & place baby skin to skin and nurse as needed. Baby is happy – close to mom and well fed. This is especially good for babies who are premature or suffering from failure to thrive. Mamma’s warmth and convenient milk supply will do nothing but help.
The Ring Sling is probably the most popular carrier for nursing, as it is very adjustable and the tail can be used for privacy. Most women find it easiest to nurse with the baby’s head away from the rings. You can also nurse in the football position this way.
For children who like to nurse in an upright position, the wrap or Mei Tai are great options. You simply lower the straps a bit to get baby to the right level and then lift the breast to the baby (nursing over the top instead of lifting your shirt is often easier).
For older babies and toddlers, many moms prefer to nurse in the hip carry, they simply lift their shirt (or open the nursing slits in a nursing top) and latch baby on. Any carrier that you use for hip carries can be used for this.
Step 1: Place your baby in the sling using the cradle hold or reverse cradle hold.
Step 2:Turn your baby’s body slightly in the sling so that the two of you are tummy-to-tummy when your baby needs to nurse.
Step 3: Pull down the sling rail closest to your body, and pull up your shirt or open your nursing shirt; this should give your baby instant access.
Step 4: Tighten the sling so that your baby’s head is level with your breast if he or she is in the reverse cradle hold (head away from the rings).
Step 5: Rotate the sling around your body if your baby is in the cradle hold (head toward the rings), until the baby’s head is at the level of your breast. This may mean that the shoulder pad slips in front of your shoulder, but you can readjust the sling after you nurse, or wear the pad slightly further back if you know you may have to nurse.
Step 6: To be extra discreet, pull up the outer padded sling rail so that it covers your baby’s head, making sure it is still open at the top.
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