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I know what you are thinking. Magen you keep talking about this carrier. I already wrote one post all about why you need the carrier and another one about why you should use it instead of a stroller. Well, guess what? I just love it that much. I used mine a lot with my son and I want all moms to get the same benefits I got out of mine. Not only was it a place for my baby to be comfortable, but I was also able to breastfeed him there. Now I know many moms don’t know how to breastfeed a baby in a carrier. This post will at least help those who own an Ergobaby Carrier.
Let’s face it. Everyone has a baby carrier these days and if you don’t, then what are you waiting for? Don’t you know how super trendy they are these days? Every new mom is looking for the best baby products that will help them keep their sanity. A baby carrier does just that. You are able to hold you baby and use your hands at the same time. Doesn’t that sound wonderful?
What else could be better than being able to hold your baby and use your hands at the same time? How about breastfeeding your baby and having your hands free at the same time? Keep reading if you want to know how to breastfeed a baby in the Ergobaby Carrier.
Make sure your baby is secured.
Your Ergobaby carrier will come with instruction on how to secure your baby properly. Here are some basic steps, but I recommend reading your instructions and testing it with a doll or stuff animal first.
- Adjust the bottom strap to properly fit around your hips.
Let me tell you why this strap goes around your hips and not your waist. I have a high waist. If I adjust this strap around my waist then my son sits in a weird position. It then puts extra weigh on my back. This makes it uncomfortable to carrier him. The whole reason for a baby carrier is so the mom can carry the baby in a comfortable way. If you adjust this strap around your hips snuggle all the weight will be taken to your hips and not your back. You’ll barely feel it.
2. Put the remaining two straps over your shoulders and clip them together in the back.
Now before we go any further it is worth noting that you need to make sure that you’re wearing this carrier the right way. When you put these straps over your shoulder you should be able to see the logo when you look in the mirror. If the logo is facing your chest instead, take it off. Turn it around, and put in on the right way.
Now that you are sure that the carrier in on the right way and clipped in the back begin to tighten everything. You might want to only tighten the straps to a comfortable position, where they aren’t falling off, until you put the baby in. Once the baby is in then you can tighten the straps to a secure position. The baby needs to feel like they are in a hugging position and you should be able to kiss the top of their head. Their legs should also be outside of the carrier and on either side of your hips. This is the most comfortable position for them.
I will also note that if your baby is still a newborn then you’ll need to buy the insert so they can fit in the carrier properly.
Now that the baby is in the carrier let’s talk about how to breastfeed them.
Loosen the straps.
This step is optional. Not every mom needs to loosen the straps. If you are particularly tall they baby might already be in the perfect position for breastfeeding.
I am a little short and have to loosen the straps just a tad so that my baby could better access the breast. Even with the straps a little loose, I did not have to worry about my baby being unsecured. He was still hugged tightly to me, and I didn’t feel the need to hold onto him with my hands.
Pull up the hood.
Again this step in optional. Ergobaby carriers come with a hood attached that tucks nicely into a little pocket in the front. I believe they are used to keep the sun off the baby, but used mine mostly to breastfeed in public.
Now you aren’t going to hear anyone here tell you that you need to be covered when you feed your baby. I just know some of us like a privacy and that is okay too. If this is you then go ahead a pull that hood up. It is your choice.
Pop out your breast!
Simple enough right? You got the carrier in the right position. The baby is hungry. Now, all there is left to do is feed them. If you followed the above steps properly then you should be able to do so with ease and no hands. Of course, you’ll have to use your hands to pull down that nursing tank, but after that those hands are yours. Do whatever you like. Check your phone. Clean your house. Whatever you need to do now is the time.
This carrier was a lifesaver when I was a new mom. My son didn’t like to be held all the time, but when he did there was nothing I could do about it. I spent many days wasted tending to my baby’s needs. Once I discovered this baby carrier the whole games changed. Both me and my son was happy.
Tell me about a time you wish you would have had a carrier?