A common request we get is for a sling that you can breastfeed in. While this is possible every baby is different and some need more help to latch. Both are babywearing and breastfeeding are a skill and some people need more practise and help than others.
Breastfeeding in a sling is not a hand free technique but more of a support for mum and baby. Your baby needs to be checked on constantly
Feeding a newborn is different from feeding an older baby in a sling.
A lot of people find it difficult to feed newborns in a sling but find it easier when their baby is a bit bigger.
Newborns need a lot of help to get the positioning right in order for them to latch correctly. You also want to ensure your baby is kept safe and has no restrictions on their airway.
Always ensure that your baby’s head isn’t held to the breast with fabric. Your baby should be able to move their head away freely.
If you move baby’s position always ensure you bring them back upright and follow safety and positioning guidelines.
For an older baby most people tend to lower the sling slightly and bring their baby down a bit so their baby can access their breast. It helps to wear a breastfeeding top or a top that can be lowered down for easy access.
If you can’t manage to feed in a sling don’t worry. Slings can help in between feeds by helping baby sleep soundly for longer periods or allowing someone else take baby and settle them in sling for you.
If you would like to learn some techniques for breastfeeding in a sling we run specialist workshops and consults, please contact us on firstname.lastname@example.org for more info.
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