Thursday, August 4, 2011

How to Discreetly Nurse a Newborn in a Wrap

Since I'm an avid "couponer", my shopping trips tend to be hours long.  I almost always have my darling daughters with me when I shop and almost always end up needing to nurse.  Rather than struggling to find somewhere to sit and nurse with a cart full of stuff, I just nurse as I go.  It's really quite simple, and I doubt anyone even notices. (Unless, of course, they hear the slurping of my noisy nursers!)

Supporting and positioning a newborn is much different from nursing a toddler.  With a toddler, you simply need to loosen the wrap or the straps of your carrier so that the toddler sits lower and is at nipple level.  Generally toddlers can then find the goods and stay latched on, without any support.

It took me a week or so to figure it out how to properly position and support little Emi Lou, and I wanted to share a video of what we do.  I do need to make one clarification before you watch the video though... when I say that small newborns "don't need a lot of support," I mean they don't need a lot of support FROM THE WRAP.  I know small newborns are extremely wobbly and need a lot of support and help getting (and staying) latched, but since they don't typically weigh much, they don't need much support from the wrap.  The older and bigger your baby gets, the more support you will need from the wrap!  (I hope that makes sense!) 

Anyway, enjoy the video and let me know if you have any questions...


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Erika Smith said...

Thanks for the video! It looks so easy, I would like to try it with the new baby. Would definitely make it more convenient to nurse on the go and it's very discreet. Luckily you live close by so I can get live instruction :)

The Happy Hippie Homemaker said...

Definitely! You know I'll be more than happy to help too :)


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