If you are planning to breastfeed your child (or are buying a sling for a mama who plans to nurse her baby), having a carrier that makes breastfeeding easy can be critical! Since babies nurse every 2-3 hours in the beginning, a carrier can be a blessing both for your body and for your ability to get a few things done around the house. Granted, as a new mom just learning to nurse her baby may do so in the privacy of her home for a while, but once you gets the hang of breastfeeding your baby, it will be wonderful to have a carrier to help!
- Ring slings Ring slings are our top choice of baby carriers for breastfeeding. They are easy to use, very adjustable, and you you can get a super secure carry even while nursing. The tail also offers coverage – who needs a nursing cover when you have a gorgeous ring sling! Both Maya Wrap ring slings and the Sakura Bloom ring slings are wonderful carriers for breastfeeding.
- Wraps(both stretchy and woven) offer a very secure carry for breastfeeding. They also offer good coverage. We prefer stretchy wraps like the Wrapsody Stretch wrap or the Moby Wrap for newborn breastfeeding because you can pre-tie them and just pop baby in for nursing. This is crucial when you have a screaming baby! Their stretchiness gives stretchy wraps the edge over woven wraps as baby carriers for breastfeeding, but once you get the hang of woven wraps, nothing beats them for support. Wraps only rate lower for than ring slings because they are a bit trickier to get on, which can be frustrating, especially when you are just getting started!
- Buckle carriers and mei tais can be used for as baby carriers for breastfeeding, but they usually need to be unbuckled or untied a bit. The position is slightly awkward position and the baby’s head will need to be supported the baby while nursing, so the we prefer other carriers for nursing newborns.