Babywearing and breastfeeding are perfect together. Why is babywearing so great for breastfeeding? Well, because it facilitates your breastfeeding relationship with your baby in a number of wonderful ways. And the greatest thing about it is that this can apply to both biological and adopted babies! Pretty sweet, right? Read on to find out our top 5 reasons why babywearing and breastfeeding are perfect together.
- Puts baby close to the source. When you’re wearing your baby in a sling or baby carrier, your baby doesn’t have to go far to nurse. Not only that, but frequent feeding (as and when your baby wants), along with the constant contact with your touch and smell actually can boost your milk supply, helping you and baby continue on the happy breastfeeding path for as long as you both want. Did you know that this is particularly applicable if you want to breastfeed your adopted baby? You can read more about adoptive breastfeeding here. In short: milk close-by helps baby not cry.
- Allows you to nurse your baby nurse on demand while keeping your hands free and you mobile while you breastfeed. Many babies, particularly when they’re newbies and their tummies are tiny, cluster feed and/or want to eat a bit at a time all day long. Without a good baby carrier, you’re stuck in your glider, bed or on your couch all day long. I repeat: All. Day. Long. No thank you. Of course, a well-fed baby is a happy baby. And a mobile momma is a happy momma. With babywearing you can satisfy both your baby’s needs to nurse any time and your need to not be stuck in one place eternally.
- Allows you to get on with your life while your baby breastfeeds, sleeps, looks around, coos happily. When your baby gets hungry, your baby needs to eat, no matter where you are. Babywearing allows you to get everything done and still provide your baby with the ongoing access to eats that your baby needs. It can be stressful feeling unable to get the things done that you need to do. So, got dinner to cook, dishes in the sink, laundry to do or a dog to walk? No problem. You’ve got your hands free, momma. And anything that can lower your stress by helping you get on with your daily life is a Very Good Thing (as Pooh might say). So, get’er done, momma! You’ve got this.
- Facilitates natural bonding to occur between you and your baby. Your baby smells you, is touching you, hears your voice and feels your movements. Babywearing is a powerful bonding tool. It’s also relaxing for baby to be on your body because that’s the place where your baby feels safest. Of course, this applies to daddies, too. For both parents, babywearing is the best bonding tool there is, hands down.
- Holds your baby in an upright position, which helps babies digest their milk after nursing, particularly if Baby is suffering from reflux. Once again, this is something Dad can jump in on to help both Mom and Baby, and to get in some sweet cuddle time. After Baby’s eaten, he can wear her in his baby carrier to help her digest, give her warmth and comfort that will help her fall asleep (with a nive full belly), and help Mom have a bit of space to herself, too.
And, well, everyone knows that when Baby’s not happy, Momma’s not happy. Ammirite?
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