Slings and breastfeeding
Breastfeeding your baby in a nursing sling is a learnt skill, it gets easier as you try and becomes second nature after a while. Breastfeeding a baby in a sling or ‘baby wearing’ means sanity for most moms and makes life a whole lot easier for them.
Breastfeeding slings for babies come in a variety of different styles, colors and fabric... and can be used for your specific needs whether it’s just for calming baby, transporting baby, putting baby to sleep, breastfeeding baby or even just keeping baby near while you do your own work.
Advantages of using infant slings
- A nursing sling is discreet so you can breastfeed in public without anybody even knowing… read more on breastfeeding in public here
- More freedom to look after older children if you have any
- It's comforting to baby
- You can continue with your own activities while breastfeeding.
- Your breast is available most of the time which will keep your milk supply up.
- Babies that are carried around in a nursing sling, cry less than other babies.
- Increased alertness and faster speech development because they are near mom all the time
- It promotes bonding
- Baby falls asleep easier and is easily laid to sleep
- A sling can be used for dads to bond with baby too.
- Its safer as baby is with you all the time
- Greater support for baby’s spine
- Moms produce more progesterone because of the closeness and this hormone promotes a mothering feeling of closeness and relaxation.
Tips for breastfeeding with baby carrier slings
- Sit down and latch baby properly before tightening the sling
- The nursing sling should be tightened for comfort after mom has latched baby, this will ensure mom doesn’t get a stiff neck or back and that baby is comfortable and doesn’t fall off the breast
- Baby’s head should be opposite the ring of the sling or the part that goes over moms shoulder.
- Make sure baby’s bottom is supported by the sling before standing
- To nurse baby on the opposite breast the sling should be taken off and turned around
- You might need to adjust the sling to get baby’s head at breast level
- You might need to support baby’s head while he is nursing, but at least you still have one hand fee!
Can using a breastfeeding sling hurt my back and shoulders?
Make sure your nursing sling is adjusted correctly and fits well. Try different slings until you find one that feels comfortable for you. Using a wrap slip is good for making sure baby’s weight is distributed more evenly. Don’t keep baby in the sling all day long, baby also needs to stretch out a bit and needs to start investigating different surroundings for development and independence.
Points to look out for when buying the best baby slings for breastfeeding
- Is it easy to use and to fasten and adjust?
- Is it durable and washable?
- What age is the sling aimed at?
- Is the sling suitable for breastfeeding?
- Does the sling look comfortable?
- Do you like the color and design?
Wearing a baby in a nursing sling or “breastfeeding wrap” is not just helpful for breastfeeding, but also helps in many other aspects of the relationship and development of a baby. Moms might feel that they are more capable to deal with a demanding baby in this way and might even continue to breastfeed much longer too.
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