Wednesday, October 6, 2010

Breastfeeding While Babywearing, Part 1

We're celebrating International Babywearing Week by featuring some of our readers' stories and pictures while breastfeeding their babies in carriers. 
From the tiniest breastfeeding newborn to the most independent of nurslings who are past infancy, mamas across the world love to snuggle and nurse their little ones in carriers.

Let's look at one type of carrier today - the mei tai, or Asian-inspired baby carrier.

Here, Jennifer peeks in at her 19 day old newborn nursing in a Silly Goose Baby Mei Tai.
Many mamas love the support and versatility of mei tais - you can wear baby on the front or back.

Audra breastfeeds her three month old in a mei tai carrier.
If you are nervous about using your mei tai, try watching an instructional video first. Here is a video tutorial for a front carry, here is one for a back carry. You can also check out this list of tips and these instructions (including slideshows) for using your mei tai carrier.

Nicole nurses her 10 month old in a Babyhawk mei tai.
Crafty mamas can even make their own mei tais - here is a tutorial for a mei tai with interchangeable panels, and here is a tutorial for a Scandi mei tai.

Megan breastsfeeds her 21 month old in a homemade mei tai.


A few of our readers lament that they've never been able to master breastfeeding in a mei tai. If you love nursing in a mei tai, please share your tips in the comments!
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Check back with NursingFreedom.org throughout IBW - October 6 - 12 - for more pictures and stories.

6 comments:

The first time I ever breastfed in a mei tai was when my first son was just a few weeks old. We were in JCPenney and he was fussing so I put him in our Sachi, lowered him a bit and got him latched on. I was actually amazed at how comfortable and discreet and freeing it was! Another time I was walking the mall with a friend and her baby. We had to stop in the Old Navy for a while so she could use their dressing room to feed her daughter, whereas I was just able to feed mine on the move. I STILL love nursing in MT's.

Sorry! I forgot about tips!

I untie the top straps and maneuver the baby down until his mouth is nipple level. I try to keep his body more or less straight, so I may lean him a bit so his body is slightly diagonal across mine. Once he's latched on, I retie... keeping one hand behind his back to support him while I bring the straps around to the front. Then I try to tie as snugly as I can to keep him in the position he's assumed. After he's done, I untie, bounce him up, and retie.

Of course, my little stinker's such a busybody these days, that by the time I do all that he pops off and is done. ;)

I had a hard time nursing in the Mei-Tai (and sometimes still do), but I find that it is so much easier on my back than my fitted pocket sling. To make it work, I just loosen the straps and lower baby a bit so he is better in line to nurse.

this is me nursing in a mexican rebozo
http://i19.photobucket.com/albums/b193/tcast802/IMG_1847.jpg

The mei tai is my FAVORITE carrier to nurse in! Still do, all the time!

Steph

I feed my 5 month old in his mei tai. I guess the trick is to lower them in their carrier so their head is level with your boob. And relax relax relax...trust your baby will latch if he's hungry and stay latched. They may just need a quick snack to send them off to sleep. Mine's never been a comfort sucker so I just let him come off when he's ready. One thing I learnt recently is that if the weather is hot, they may just need foremilk so will fuss between boobs so they leave the hindmilk behind. Always trust your baby, (who most of the time) knows best :o)

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