There are so many benefits of babywearing that I couldn't mention them all! (Although this wonderful article by La Leche League includes many of the benefits of babywearing). One benefit of babywearing is that it makes it very easy for a mother to notice baby's early "hungry" cues. Baby will start to turn their head from side to side, open their mouth, put their hands in their mouth, or begin rooting in the carrier when they are hungry. Catching these early signs of hunger can allow the mother to initiate nursing before the baby becomes distressed.
Step One: Establish your breastfeeding relationship with your baby.
Step Two: Master Using Your Carrier.
Maybe, you're already a pro at using your carrier and you're wearing baby on day one. Your baby may need some time to get used to being worn. As an anecdote, by the time our third baby arrived, I considered myself to be a pro at babywearing and wrapping in particular. However, she cried every time I put her in a wrap at first. I had to warm her up to it. We spent time sitting on the couch with the wrap just laying on us. I made sure she was well fed and happy before I wrapped her. I took some time to figure out what carries she liked the best. After the first week, she loved being worn, but it was something the two of us had to practice a little to get comfortable.
Step Three: Put the Two Together
When you feel that your nursing relationship is well established, your baby is nursing well and you feel very comfortable with your carrier, you can start to combine the two.
Once you are nursing in your carrier, pay close attention to your latch and your baby. If baby is especially sleepy while nursing, you may want to take baby out of the carrier to nurse to make sure baby nurses well. Nothing makes baby sleepy quite like being snuggled in a cozy carrier next to their mama. You may find you want to wake your baby up after sleeping a while in the carrier as well just to be sure that baby is nursing plenty of times during the day. Each baby is different and it's important to pay attention to their cues and meet their needs.
Tips and Tricks for Breastfeeding in a Carrier
Lower Baby to the Height Needed to Breastfeed
Wear Shirts that are Easy to Pull Down
It's easiest to nurse in a carrier using a shirt that you can simply lift your breast up and out of. Lower cut tees and tanks are great. Nursing tanks and button down shirts are easy as well. It can be more challenging to nurse in a carrier if you are trying to lift your shirt from the bottom. Your shirt will might caught in the fabric of the carrier and be difficult to lift. Shirts that are easy to pull down make nursing in the carrier pretty easy.
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