Nursing in a Baby Carrier: You Can Do It

By Elizabeth on September 20th 2011
Nursing in a baby carrier does not have to be daunting or tedious. Boba baby carriers allow you to nurse comfortably and discreetly even while standing or walking.  Read on to find out how to nurse in both the Boba Wrap and the Boba Carrier.

Nursing in the Boba Wrap-

Thanks to the fabric, you do not have to untie the wrap or loosen it to nurse your baby. Simply widen the shoulder piece and lower the baby to a comfortable nursing position and latch on!

nursing in a baby wrap


This is what nursing in a baby wrap usually looks like.

  1. You push your baby down in the wrap (usually pushing him down where his thighs meet his torso).

  2. You reach under the shoulder strap and lift your breast to your baby's mouth.

  3. Remember that you will stay tummy to tummy with your baby.  Don't try to latch them on as if you were somewhat cradling them (like when you nurse your baby sitting down).   Your baby needs to be completely vertical.

  4. If you desire some extra privacy, you can easily stretch the shoulder strap fabric to cover yourself or your baby (you should still be able to see your baby's nose and mouth).


If the baby is frustrated and can't latch on, take your baby out of the wrap all together and nurse your baby normally.  When nursing with your baby out of the wrap (while still wearing the wrap), the "x" (the two pieces of fabric that cross in the front) actually work amazingly as discreet cover-up.

Nursing in the Boba Carrier

Nursing in the Boba Carrier is very similar to nursing in the wrap.  Here's how-

  1. Stick out your elbows (like chicken wings) and with your thumbs adjust the side webbing buckle so that you have some slack.

  2. Lean forward support baby with one hand, lift up your shirt with the other*.

  3. Reach under the shoulder strap and lift your breast to your baby's mouth.  If your baby is too high shimmy down the waist belt a little.

  4. You can use the hood if you want as a nursing cover.


 

*One of the most helpful tips for nursing in a baby carrier is layering your shirts.  Special nursing shirts are nice, but you don't absolutely need them to nurse discreetly.  When nursing in the wrap the shoulder piece acts naturally as a nursing cover and no one can tell what you are doing from three feet away.  If you are standing in line or in a crowded place or if people are taller than you, you may consider extra top coverage.  With the Boba carrier you will usually need coverage on the top unless using the nursing hood as a cover.

Here's the secret to being able to nurse swiftly and gracefully in a baby carrier anywhere-

Wear a stretchy cami under everything!  It will work wonders.  Layer your shirts so that you can lift the outer layer up and pull the undershirt down from the top.  Or vice-versa.  Lift your cami up and pull down your outer shirt.  Wearing two layers is incredibly convenient and it makes for more discreet nursing.  When you layer your shirts you are not drawing attention to the fact that you are nursing-everything is covered naturally.  This way you don't have any of your torso or side showing or exposed to the elements.  You can literally "sandwich" your breast so that you have coverage on the top and coverage on your sides.  A cami under a zipper down, button down, v-neck shirt, or wide necked shirt works wonderfully.  You can even do it with a turtleneck sweater, but you will be lifting the sweater up in the front and leaving the cami tucked into your pants.  Just lean forward a little, reach in between yourself and your baby and lift up one shirt and lift your breast to your baby's mouth.  Voila!

Some Extra Nursing Tips

  • You will latch easier if you lift your breast to your baby's mouth and hold it there.  You will need to support the breast with one hand if you will be moving, walking or hiking.   Even if it doesn't allow you to be completely "hands-free", you will still have one free hand.

  • When holding your breast place your thumb behind the nipple and other fingers underneath your breast.  This way of holding will make it easier for your baby to latch.  If you are large breasted this will ensure that your baby has adequate space under his nose.

  • You may need to help keep proper positioning of your baby's head or body while nursing if your infant is very small

  • It is easier to pull your shirt down from the top to nurse.

  • Try wearing nursing shirts, button downs, v-neck shirts or stretchy tank-tops to avoid having to untuck your shirt.

  • Try nursing at home at first (not wearing a shirt helps you to get a good feel for things) in the wrap or in the carrier when your baby is calm and content.

  • It is actually easier to nurse while standing up in a baby carrier.


breastfeeding in a baby carrier


It may take a little practicing, but learning to nurse in a baby carrier means freedom for mom and contentment for baby. It's really not as hard as you may think!  To learn more about all the advantages of wearing your little one in our Boba baby wrap or our Boba baby carrier please click here. To compare baby wraps, baby slings and other baby carriers please visit our Compare Baby Carriers page.

Breastfeeding Articles and Handouts by Dr. Jack Newman


Dr. Jack Newman is a reservoir of knowledge on the subject of breastfeeding. We thought to include his handouts below since we are on the subject!

And of course because Boba Inc shares the same passion in helping mothers succeed in breastfeeding.

Dr. Newman has worked as a doctor all over the world in South Africa, Central America and New Zealand. He is board Certified by the AAP. He left the position as the acting chief physician of Emergency Services and chose instead to devote his life to helping mothers and babies succeed in breastfeeding. He created the first hospital based breastfeeding clinic in Canada over twenty years ago. UNICEF has used him as a consultant for the Baby Friendly Hospital Initiative and has evaluated Baby Friendly Hospitals in Eastern Africa and Canada. Dr. Newman has published a help guide for professionals and mothers on breastfeeding called Dr. Jack Newman's Guide to Breastfeeding in Canada (revised edition, January 2003), and The Ultimate Breastfeeding Book of Answers in the US. Here is a list of some of the Handouts and Articles that he distributes in his Toronto Clinic.

Empower yourself and enjoy!

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