As part of our “How to Breastfeed Hands free series” which started here, this post discusses breastfeeding in a long wrap. Specifically, we’ll discuss breastfeeding upright in a Front Wrap Cross Carry. If you’re not familiar with the carry, instructions can be found here. Another carry with a similar technique is the Front Cross Carry which is slightly cooler. Instructions for this carry are here.
Breastfeeding upright in this carry involves the same technique as breastfeeding in a mei tai which Sarah explained last week.
- Place baby in the carry, untie and bounce down to the correct level (mouth at nipple height or a little higher) and retie.
- Latch the baby (if you are larger breasted, it may be easier not to undo your bra, but to remove the breast from over the top of it for extra support, see the mei tai post for more detail).
- Once baby is latched, you can use the crosses of the wrap to offer head support or privacy as desired.
- That done, go about your business! (Thanks to Lara for some great spur-of-the-moment photography.)
It’s obvious that this method of breastfeeding works best for a child with some head control. It’s also possible to nurse newborns (and other sized kids) using this carry in a cradle position, however that’s the subject of its own post in the future. The upright nature of this method is great for babies with reflux who don’t do well being breastfed in a cradle position. See this post for more details on babywearing with reflux.
Do you breastfeed in public? Do you prefer to do it in a carrier? Why? Leave a comment and let us know!