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Using a sling to support you breastfeeding

So I shared with you some safety tips about feeding in a carrier yesterday, but I realise, it didn’t really give much of a guide HOW to do so…

If you’re still a bit lost as how to do it in whatever option of sling, wrap or carrier you have, check out this great article on the Sheffield Sling Surgery page – Breast & Bottle feeding Safely in a Sling

Rosie is a wealth of knowledge and great resources and in this article she outlines some various tips about feeding in woven wraps, stretchy wraps, ring slings and buckle carriers specifically so there of information about specifics there.



Another point about feeding and slings and carriers is it doesn’t necessarily have to be a “feeding on the go” situation. These tools can also just be used to support your arm!

If you didn’t already know, newborns particularly can feed A LOT! So much so there is a whole market of pillows and chairs and other items to help breastfeeding Mum’s bear the weight of holding baby in this position for large proportions of the day (and night!).

You actually don’t need as many items as are marketed to you as you new parents. That I can assure you of. But if you don’t believe me there are lots of other places and people who can tell you the same… Like here – Babies needn’t be expensive. Stop buying stuff.

The point is, if you have a wrap, sling or carrier you can use it in just the same fashion, standing or sitting… As a support for your arm…

You don’t even need to buy a specific sling or carrier, you can use a scarf or sarong or something you have around the house already!


Like this….



Thanks Raising Ziggy 🙂


And hey, awesome advantage, you can actually use your arm more…

It is a whole new post about drinking and breastfeeding here but in short, one glass of wine at the time you are actually feeding your child isn’t going to even get into your breastmilk at all in the time they are finishing that feed so lets just leave that topic for another day!

Personally, I didn’t have a drink for the whole nine months I was pregnant with my kids and I figure that’s long enough haha The night after Jai was born, I thoroughly enjoyed and savored that long awaiting and much anticipated glass of Malbec with my Mum and husband after we got the kids to sleep! So that probably gives you some insight into my views on the topic… 😉



Anyhow, back to the topic at hand…

Here is a video from Rosie showing how to use a stretchy wrap to do so.



I have shared this one because I know from talking to a lot of new mums a stretchy wrap can commonly be the carrier that people gift to them… They can also seem confusing and overwhelming..

They don’t have to be. And even if you are not too sure about having it tight and secure and safe for on the go (please head to a Sling Meet or find a local consultant, hands on help makes the world of difference!!) you may want to try this..


But remember the breastfeeding safety tips, check them out again here, these still apply is you are sitting or using it as a support!



To see more about general carrier and babywearing safety, see the post about An’So Child-Carrying Safety Guidelines.


An’So Child-Carrying Safety Guidelines


There are a number of different guidelines which have been developed to help highlight the safety aspects of using a carrier or sling. I think probably the best known about in New Zealand would be the “TICKS” which I have previously shared.

The An’So guidelines developed by were developed through a project led by French Consultants Inter-School Board and translated into English by Slingababy. More information can be found on the UK Sling Guide page.




I particularly appreciate how much more detailed this guideline is than some of the other options (TICKS, HANDS, ABC, KISSES), that it addressing positioning in the carrier and that it covers some of the concerns about safety which are not in the other outlines.

When it comes to safety of a newborn, airways and airflow are the most concerning aspects. Ensuring baby keeps their chin off their chest and have clear airways with clear airflow are the most important aspects of safety with newborns (this is what the other three examples really boil down to addressing also). But as your children grow, the aspects of primary concern in terms of carrying safety also change.

As they get older, their ability to move themselves into desired positions and the lessening risk of airway compromises, however, new risks present themselves… Like the “shop lifting risk”…

It is easy to forget or not consider what is within reaching distance of your child while you are wearing a carrier, lots of people I know have got home from a shopping trip with an older baby strapped to their back and taken them off to find stolen produce stuffed between themselves and the child!

Being aware of the changes to in your physical shape and centre of gravity is really important, particularly when it comes to back carrying. I have smacked my babies head on the edge of the door frame as I came around the corner too quickly more than once… (I think they are ok, there is no lasting damage I can tell off anyway!)

Most importantly I think is the message on the first page of this booklet, “whilst carrying your baby you must remain aware and responsive to your baby’s needs for safety and comfort as well as your own“…

Find more information on the Sling Guide website –

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What is this loop of elastic on my carrier?!? 

So on many soft structured carriers, you will find something, often a small strip of elastic which is referred to as the “safety strap”… 

By threading your straps through this before buckling your clips and then pulling the excess strap through with it, if something was to happen with your buckle and it popped open, this piece of elastic is designed to catch the strap and alert you before baby fell out of the carrier.  

Another often even more puzzling piece of elastic on some carriers to most people is the little loop at the end of your straps… 

Often you will have a lot of excess strap after buckling and tighten your carrier. If you want to get some of that out of the way, you can roll the straps on themselves, as such… 

And then flip this loop of elastic over the rolled up strap to secure it… 

If you don’t often adjust your carrier, or only do so slightly between uses or users, this is a great idea not only to keep them out of the way but to prevent you catching them on anything.  
Not all carriers will feature these but if yours does, and you where wondering what they were for, give it a try.. If your carrier comes with a “safety strap”, check that you have your buckles threaded through it next time you grab it 😉