Nursing in a Baby Carrier

Janice - posted on 06/17/2011 ( 23 moms have responded )

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I am expecting my second child and it is really important to me that I learn how to nurse in a carrier. I hated the hotsling carrier I have and I also have owned an Ergo and that was great for hiking there is no way i could nurse in it. I am extremely petite only 5'2" and when not pregnant under 100lbs. So what is the easiest carrier to nurse in?

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Minnie - posted on 06/22/2011

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I used a mei tai from birth with my second. It distributes weight wonderfully, but unlike the Ergo, has a high back to support a young babies head. For nursing I just shifted the carrier a bit on my body so she was lined up with my boob, stuck a cloth under my boob so it was at mouth height and tightened the whole thing so I could walk and have two hands free.

Elizabeth - posted on 06/18/2011

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I think whatever one you use you just really have to adjust it so it's comfortable. I used a hawk carrier with my older baby and it worked great but the one I had didn't cover the fact that she was nursing so modesty in public was not so great, but I got over it!
good luck,
Liza

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Jessica - posted on 06/27/2011

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the moby 100000% :) try to get the Moby D, it has a satin front and i think (aside from it being GORGEOUS) it offers a bit more support.

Tanya - posted on 06/25/2011

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I posted earlier about nursing in a moby but you can very easily make your own. I did! It's just a long strip of fabric. Google it!

Annie - posted on 06/24/2011

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A ringsling is great for nursing, & allows you to carry in front, back & hip positions. I've also found it invaluable now my son is 1.5yrs as he wants to walk more, but gets tired ~ it's fab for popping him in & out as I need to.

Tanya - posted on 06/21/2011

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nursing in the moby wrap is great. i did it recently while on a walking tour of new orleans, though i also used a cover. you do have to support the baby's head while they are nursing, though, so it's not handsfree nursing, if that's what you are looking for.

Jana - posted on 06/21/2011

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I nurse in a hawk now that he is older, since he was 8 mo. I just wear a loose top over a nursing tank, that way I can nurse in public.
@ Janice I used a K'tan for the first 6 mo. Loved it. It is a easy carrier and the baby was so snug, he frequently sleep in there the first three mo. The drawback is the material (which is also a plus for snug fit). My little boy is heavy, 10 bls at birth, and so the material would stretch out too quickly. But I still use it as a sling for quick trips. ring slings are nice but I could not carry either of my children in it until they were at least 6mo.

Elizabeth - posted on 06/20/2011

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Get a Moby wrap. It fits everyone and I have nursed wearing it since my son was 2 weeks old. I love it!!!

♥♪Megan♫♥ - posted on 06/20/2011

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@ Janice. I just bought the K'tan today because I'm traveling cross country on Friday and needed something I could sit in and my Infantino wasn't cutting it. Let me tell you my little girl is one of the fussiest babies I've ever known and she loves being in this sling. She fell asleep in it this evening while we were in Target :) I've never used the Moby, but this was pretty easy.

Sandra - posted on 06/20/2011

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I use a wrap by Storchenwiege: http://storchenwiege.com/
they are fantastic as you can choose your size and wrap your baby in several different positions. My baby and I love this wrap. I have nursed in it and it works just fine, though as my LO has gotten older/bigger, I prefer to take her out to nurse.

Janice - posted on 06/20/2011

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We contacted the company and they argued with us till we gave up, so we didn't get our money back. We had it in the back seat of our car and they said we didn't care for it properly! but my daughter was already 7 months and so she was higher than my boob when in it. I did get a dud because the straps were ridiculously tight and difficult to adjust.

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wow, I've never heard of that happening with an Ergo - maybe you just got a dud, you should have got your money back. That said, I love my Ergo, feeding was easy and discrete using the hood. It saved me many time in the supermarket with a hunger baby!

Janice - posted on 06/19/2011

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I had an Ergo but the strap shredded after four uses and I wont pay another 100$ plus I tried and there is no way I could adjust the straps while wearing it. I'm leaning toward the K'tan or my baby nest since they are similar style to the moby wrap but simpler. Any one use one of those before?

Bri - posted on 06/19/2011

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I've nursed in a mei tai and in my Ergo. I prefer the Ergo for nursing as I too am smaller- 5'2" but some more than 100#.

Try YouTube for videos on how to nurse in the various carriers (ergo, babyhawk, moby, etc)- that's how I learned to use my Ergo that way. (I also learned how to do the side carry with the Ergo as I was surfing through the how-to videos).

♥♪Megan♫♥ - posted on 06/19/2011

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I've managed to nurse in an Infantino while walking :) Of course I'm also 5'4 and not really tiny to begin with.
I'm going to be testing out a different sling on Friday while flying from Toronto to Kelowna, BC if anyone wants info on how that went.

Anna - posted on 06/19/2011

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Personally, I like the Moby best for newborns up to about 4-5months, and then I prefer the Ergo. I found the Ergo a bit trickier to nurse in, but I just wasn't able to nurse/walk around in the Moby with my bigger baby, she kept slipping down.

Sally - posted on 06/19/2011

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Most moms I know loved nursing in their Moby, but I never got the hang of it. I found the Moby best for a sleeping baby and nursed best with a ring sling.

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Don't knock the Ergo until you try it. I LOVE nursing in my Ergo. You have to loosen the straps quite a bit to get situated, but I can usually tighten them back up a little once we get going. Right now I have to help him out by holding my boob up a bit (they're not small and he's not even 3 months), but he does splendidly.

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I have a baby bjorn, its not designed 4 nursing but I was walking in the park & managed it. I just let out the catches on one side so baby was in a slight angle. It did give extra security than if I was just carrying him and allowed one hand free.

Debbie - posted on 06/18/2011

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get a Moby. you tie it up in different positions. there is one for nursing with it on. i've never done that yet but i know you can.

Anna Marie - posted on 06/18/2011

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Moby was great for nursing little ones. Once you practice (at home with just a nursing bra and moby on top) you can nurse baby and have the moby to help keep baby's head in place and covered for modesty if that is an issue. As baby got older I was able to nurse in ergo by sliding belt down lower on my hips, but that was after they were sitting on their own. Moby was best for yiung one's busing. Good luck!

Kim - posted on 06/18/2011

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I had a moby style wrap... absolutely loved it! My daughter was so content in it. As for nursing, I did it a few times, and it worked fine.... I preferred to just take her out and use my cover. But it worked well.

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