How to breastfeed in a baby wrap or sling

How to breastfeed in a baby wrap or sling

Breastfeeding in a stretchy baby wrap or sling can be a game-changer, but it's not a one-size-fits-all solution. Here's a quick guide to get you started:

Realistically, you may find this is easier to do when your baby is a month or two old, when the two of you have established breastfeeding. 

It will depend a lot on your anatomy and how you fit together. So depending on the length of your torso, the size of your breasts, and the position of your nipples, all sorts of things will vary.

Here’s a real-life demonstration with 8-week-old Jules, in our fab Izmi Baby Wrap. He’s getting quite sleepy, probably ready for a bit of a feed. In this video, Mel is going to go ahead and show you one option of how you can feed in a stretchy wrap.


Now, let's set expectations straight – breastfeeding in a baby wrap or newborn baby carrier is not a completely hands-free endeavour. You'll still need at least one hand to support your baby's head. Once you're comfortably seated, you can switch one arm for a cushion if you like, but if you're on the move – like in a queue at the supermarket – you'll still need one hand on duty.

One crucial point to remember is that you should never let your baby fall asleep in this position. Their airways could be compromised, so it's essential to reposition them upright in the sling after feeding, no matter how tempting it is to leave them snoozing.

Remember, it might take a bit of practice to get the hang of it, so don't be discouraged if it doesn't work perfectly the first time.

While it may not be completely hands-free, breastfeeding in a stretchy baby wrap or sling offers a level of convenience that can be a game-changer for busy parents on the go. Remember, it's just one tool in your feeding journey, and whether it becomes your go-to method or a handy occasional option, it's all about finding what works best for you and your baby.

Want some more advice about feeding in your Izmi? Need general tips on how to choose a baby carrier or fit it properly? Contact us or live chat on the website now.