In honor of world breastfeeding week, we have compiled some tips for nursing in a carrier.
Dressing for Nursing while Babywearing
Nursing in a Cradle Carry
Supporting your Breast
- Leave a hand inside the wrap/carrier to support your breast.
- Pull your breast on top of your shirt and allow the neckline of the shirt to support your breast.
- Leave your nursing bra latched (or even use a regular bra) and let your breast lie on top of the bra for support.
- Tuck a small rolled up wash cloth under the breast to support it.
- As your baby gets older, sometimes they will hold the breast at the right level themselves.
- Try it out in front of a mirror! You’ll be surprised how much your baby’s head and the carrier naturally makes nursing a bit more discrete. When you look down at yourself nursing, you can see your entire breast typically, but someone looking at you from across the room will probably just think your baby is sleeping.
- In a mei tai or soft structured carrier, you can shift the whole carrier a tad to the side you are nursing on. Just take the waist and pull it gently toward the breast you are nursing. This will give more coverage of the side of your breast while you are nursing. You can also use the hood of the carrier as an extra cover.
- In a ring sling or wrap carry that ties at the shoulder, you can use the tails as cover. You shouldn’t cover your baby’s entire head, but you can bring the tail up around baby to provide a bit more coverage of the top of your breast if you want.
- In a stretchy wrap or woven wrap front carry such as front wrap cross carry, the cross passes can provide great coverage. You can also easily slide a hand under the cross pass to help baby latch or support your breast.