Nursing while carrying?

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Nursing while carrying?

The Ergo thread reminded me ... I want to see if I can carry and nurse at the same time. Do any of you have experience with that? If so, any advice on what type or brand of carrier you used, do you have to have a certain - ahem - body type that's most suitable for this?

I'm really intimidated by all the carriers out there, I have to admit. But, with the new baby, I want to try it out so that I can go out with both my kiddos, for short trips or to the park, without a ton of gear.

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I've heard from friends you can with a wrap (like the Moby), however I have never tried. We have a front carrier that I believe I could because the baby's head literally rests on my boobs (that has always been the comfortable level for me to carry the baby). I also know when I had DD2 my younger brother was horrified when she was asleep in it because I had a jacket around her and zipped up and he was sure I was breast feeding in front of him LOL.

I have an Evenflo Snuggli. I had gotten another brand for free but DH and I gave it to friends who just had a baby in Dec.

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Shelly, there's a thread on the babywearing board about this exact thing, with pictures even! You can breastfeed in an Ergo, mai tai, ring sling, and wraps of all kinds, from what I've heard. I haven't tried it myself yet, but plan to become proficient at it when this baby gets here!

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Thanks Katie, thanks Anna!

I'm a dope - I knew there was a babywearing board here the last time I was pg, but when I looked for it recently, I didn't find it. But, there it is Smile

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I nursed in a moby wrap. It was easy, but don't forget the breast pads like I did!

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"GarlicBreath" wrote:

I nursed in a moby wrap. It was easy, but don't forget the breast pads like I did!

Good point! I've wondered too about the leaking issue, and not just in the way of breast pads. With DD, I had major overproduction issues and whenever I would nurse her I would have to have a towel or something on the underside of my breast to catch excess. Otherwise, it would run down and soak my bra/clothes. Anyway, I've wondered how that would work in a carrier. . . :dontknow: I guess I'll find out soon!

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the gerber prefolds, or any flannel burp cloths, are AWESOME for catching BF leaks! I leak SO MUCH all the time when nursing!
I did well with a regular sling when my kiddos were tiny, and then a meitai when they were older. It was actually REALLY easy/convenient to have them somewhat sitting on my knee while facing me, and using the meitai to support them. LOTS of options! Smile

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I've nursed in a Moby but couldn't do it until DS had just a little head control, like around 2-3 months. Well except if I was sitting down. I could walk around and nurse hands-free in the Moby once he had some head control. The only thing I don't like about the Moby is it is sooo much fabric. It drags the ground when I try to put it on, and it can get very hot. I often would just wear a nursing tank underneath and I would still roast.

I have recently seen the K'tan (I believe that's how you spell it), and it seems like it is almost the exact principle as the Moby, but not hear the amount of fabric. And it's already put together, so you just put it on, you don't have to wrap it. But it carries the LOs the same as you would in a Moby.

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I like nursing in the ring sling when they are tiny. With not as much head control I prefer that the LO is in a side-lying position. After a few months though, and LO with good head control, I could nurse upright in my Ergo way easier. Actually I could nurse in that Ergo while chasing kids at the park if you can imagine. Heck, I've nursed while carring doing many many things. Once you get comfortable doing it your pretty much hands free and on the go. Wasn't such a fan of nursing in my Moby, but I felt like there was less wiggle room in that and adjusting it just perfect was hard with all the fabric.

I've pretty small chested and find that it is easy to nurse while babywearing. I made sure to have the baby snug up against me and adjust LO up a little higher to fit my needs. I have larger chested friends that nurse and babywear all the time too and they claim there isn't anything to it for them either. I think you just adjust to your body type and comfort.

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Thanks so much for sharing your experiences! I'm impressed with you guys who've done so much of this. After checking out the babywearing board as well, I'm leaning towards trying a ring sling initially.

I'm large chested, so I was worried about squishing the baby. I had trouble with regular nursing - forget BW'ing at the same time - with my first one, due to my size. Her mouth was so tiny and I thought I'd suffocate her if I didn't hold myself properly.

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"krazykat" wrote:

I have recently seen the K'tan (I believe that's how you spell it), and it seems like it is almost the exact principle as the Moby, but not hear the amount of fabric. And it's already put together, so you just put it on, you don't have to wrap it. But it carries the LOs the same as you would in a Moby.

Thank You for posting about the Baby Ktan, I just googled it and I think I am going to order one.

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"AleyFamily08" wrote:

Thank You for posting about the Baby Ktan, I just googled it and I think I am going to order one.

I was thinking the exact same thing! Granted I like my carrier I have, but I think a wrap would be easier for me when I'm doing stuff and bending over.