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Wordless Wednesday: How to chase a toddler while breastfeeding

Nursing in a ring sling Nursing in a ring sling
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Reader Comments (15)

You and me both. Thank goodness for slings. Happy WW!

August 13, 2008 | Unregistered Commenternot Your Aunt Bea

You should market that !

Happy WW.

August 13, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterBarbara Doduk

I need to carry this picture around! There are so many people I know through homeschool groups and LLL that have just had their second baby and can't figure out how to still have time to nurse. It's perfect. I keep telling them sling, but they don't listen, maybe if they saw it in action they would try.

Thanks for the smiles.

Amy of amyandsimonblog.com

August 13, 2008 | Unregistered Commenteramyandsimon

Please feel free to share!

I also tried to take a picture using the tail as extra cover to show that option too, but my little monkey knocked it off before we could snap the picture. If she is falling asleep, she will accept having the tail put over top, but not when she is awake!

August 13, 2008 | Unregistered Commenterphdinparenting

Wow! My child did not take to the sling. I am so jealous.

August 13, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterJaime

Clever idea!
I can see a number of non-nursing applications for this as well...

August 13, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterMojo

Mojo - the sling is generally for carrying your baby and bonding with your baby, but being able to nurse in it is just an added bonus. Not an original idea at all though...lots of mommas own ring slings, but a lot of them have trouble managing the feat of nursing in one.

August 13, 2008 | Unregistered Commenterphdinparenting

Neat concept! How are those on your neck and back?

August 15, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterDeborah

Deborah,

A ring sling is great for long periods of time with a smaller baby (lets say under 15lbs) if you are using it correctly. A lot of moms don't wear the baby up high enough, don't make it tight enough, or don't spread out the fabric enough.

But for a larger baby and for more extended periods of wearing, I would recommend a carrier that allows a two-shouldered carry. And not a Baby Bjorn or similar carrier - those are awful on your back. I would recommend a woven wrap, a Mei Tai, or a soft structured carrier such as a Beco, Pikkolo or Ergo.

August 15, 2008 | Unregistered Commenterphdinparenting

I have asked you questions about nursing a toddler in a sling on our fav. forum before, but I still don't have it down! It hurts my shoulder! Are your DD's feet hanging out the other end?

August 18, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterEarthbaby (Kelly)

Hi earthbaby (wave!!)

Yes - her feet are under the tail that is hanging down. her bum is right at the edge of the sling and her legs dangle out the other side.

August 18, 2008 | Unregistered Commenterphdinparenting

[...] hand and come with me to go to the vendors, so I popped her in the sling and off we went. I let her nurse in the sling, which she did for about 30 seconds until she noticed that there were dogs, people, apples, [...]

[...] terms of having two other children to take care of, mastering the art of nursing in a sling was key for me. My son and I didn’t let the baby or her need to breastfeed stop us from doing [...]

A note from The Baby Wearer's sling evaluation criteria regarding nursing in the sling (http://www.thebabywearer.com/articles/WhatTo/ComparisonDetails.htm#breastfeeding): "Suitability for breastfeeding in any sling, pouch or wraparound depends entirely on a not-entirely-definable combination of breast size and type, torso length and baby's age and size. Only once all of those issues are considered can you compare one babycarrier with another for breastfeeding. Also, some babycarriers may facilitate nursing a hip-sitting toddler (for some women) yet be totally unsuitable for nursing a lying-down newborn or 3-month-old.

Hands-free breastfeeding is also widely variable from mother to mother. Some just nurse in the sling without even thinking about the process and may not understand what all the fuss is about. Others find it incredibly difficult, and some mothers may even find it impossible to nurse hands-free in any pouch or sling. And some moms would just rather use breastfeeding as an enforced "break" and sit down to nurse to in any case."

You seem like a pretty healthy, slenderish woman of average height and not gigantic breast size (I can't believe how high your baby's head is--my baby's head would have to be on my belly button!). But as a short (and short-torsoed), plump woman with F-sized breasts, nursing in the sling just did not work for me. Hopefully I can lose some of the extra padding before my next baby comes along (which won't be for some time), but just please be sensitive and realize that some of us really do have to just sit and nurse.

July 2, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterS's Lovey

S'Lovey:

I'm not exactly average height....I'm 6'2".

July 2, 2010 | Unregistered Commenterphdinparenting

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