“Breastfeeding is natural like walking, not like breathing.” - unknown
Both breastfeeding and babywearing require, determination, patience, perseverance, support, and giving your baby and yourself lots of grace as you learn together. Neither of these journeys is linear, they are both filled with ups and downs, smooth days and challenging days. This is why before trying to combine these two skills it's recommended you are comfortable with each skillset separately. Once you and your baby have gotten the hang of nursing and also have figured out the mechanics of your carrier you might find that they go hand-in-hand and compliment each other really well. In fact, babywearing has amazing positive impacts on breastfeeding outcomes.
Here are 7 reasons to give breastfeeding while babywearing a try!
1. Increased Skin-to-Skin Contact
Babywearing provides prolonged skin-to-skin contact, which promotes bonding and helps regulate the baby's temperature and heartbeat, creating an optimal environment for breastfeeding.
2. Ease of Nursing in Public
Babywearing offers a discreet and comfortable way to breastfeed in public, boosting your confidence to breastfeed wherever you are.
3. Napping Opportunities
After a breastfeeding session, your baby can easily transition into a nap while still in the carrier.
4. Natural Positioning
Many babywearing positions promote a natural, upright posture for your baby, supporting effective swallowing during breastfeeding.
5. Responsive Feeding
Babywearing allows you to recognize your baby's hunger cues promptly, facilitating on-demand feeding and responsive parenting.
6. Promotes Long Nursing Sessions
Babywearing can encourage longer nursing sessions, aiding in better milk transfer and nourishment.
Babywearing can reduce stress for both you and your baby, enhancing the overall breastfeeding experience.
There are so many ways that babywearing can support your breastfeeding journey. Some studies have even looked at the long term impact and how babies who are carried nurse longer.
Do you nurse while babywearing?
** Please note that even though babywearing while breastfeeding can help you multitask and move around it is NOT a hands-free activity. Your baby should be visible to you at all times, their airway must remain clear and you should use a hand or forearm to support your baby's head while they are nursing. Once baby is done actively nursing, always bring them back up to a vertical, chest to chest height, close enough to kiss.
If you'd like to learn how to nurse in your carrier I can help you out!
You can either contact me for a one-on-one consultation or you can sign up for my
It'll be live online on Saturday August 26th at 1pm Pacific Time.
Hope to see you there!