In the nearly 10 years that I have been talking to people about slings and baby carriers, one of the most discussed topics is breastfeeding in slings. Can you and why would you?
It is very easy to nurse in a sling and the same goes for every baby carrier I have owned too (I even managed it in a borrowed early design high street carrier too).
Ring slings are perhaps the easiest to breastfeed in, especially in the cradle position, but I have also nursed in stretchy wraps, woven wraps, Mei Tai, soft structured carriers and pouches.
At the bottom of this post, are some videos showing different ways to breastfeed in slings which should give you some ideas of what to look for in a sling if you want to feed in it.
As for the why? Mainly for the same reasons you breastfeed and carry your baby in the first place but also:
- Mums who are experiencing low supply – you can take your top off for fab skin to skin contact and cover yourself up in a wrap sling and walk around the house and garden with your baby and latch them on frequently.
- Settling tired or over stimulated babies (in my case, toddler) when you are out for the day – there is something magical about the effect of popping them in the sling and on the boob.
- Hands free – both mine have liked to nurse a lot, so having them in the sling while they do means I can crack on with things, especially the long walk to and from school.
- Discreet nursing in public – personally not an issue for me but I do know lots of mums who like the security of being mostly covered by a sling when breastfeeding when outside the house and anything that makes a new mum’s life more comfortable is a good thing in my book.
Breastfeeding in a Baby Wrap:
Breastfeeding in a Mei Tai