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11 Tips for Breastfeeding in Your Baby Carrier

11 TIPS FOR BREASTFEEDING IN YOUR CARRIER

Whether you are a first time mama learning how to nurse your newborn, an adoptive parent building a breastfeeding relationship, or a caregiver offering your little one a pumped or prepared bottle… no matter your circumstances, you know how special that relationship with your little one is! One of the most beneficial things about babywearing is that it offers you the opportunity to provide care and comfort for your little one while on the go. Isn’t it amazing that you can provide sustenance as well? And there is value to feeding your little one on the go as well! We’re sharing 11 of our tips on how to successfully breastfeed in your carrier!

1. Be confident – know that you are giving your child the greatest gifts: love, nourishment, and the best start to a healthy life.

2. Be patient – give yourself room and time to learn, and if you get frustrated, take a break, reconnect with your baby, and do something else that makes you happy.

3. Dress accordingly – wearing a nursing top can really help with easy access for you and baby. Check out Latched Mama for cute and simple nursing attire.

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4. Loosen up – slightly loosen your arm straps and slightly slide your waistband down for more comfortable feeding.

5. Use your hands – oftentimes breastfeeding in a baby carrier is not truly hands free, as your hands may be needed to support your baby, breast, or a bottle, but just helps to make it a bit easier and mobile.

6. Use a blanket if you prefer extra privacy – but make sure you maintain visibility of baby to ensure their airway is open.

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7. Reposition after feeding – whether they fall asleep or not, always reposition your baby to a snug, ergonomic position if you have lowered or reclined them to feed.

8. Check baby’s chin – as you latch your little one, make sure that he or she is keeping his or her chin off of her chest (you should be able to fit between 1-2 adult fingers underneath his or her chin) and that baby’s nose is free to ensure a clear airway.

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9. Ensure baby has proper support – if you are breastfeeding in a Baby Tula Ring Sling, we recommend gently lifting and supporting your baby’s weight with one arm while lifting the top ring to loosen slightly with the other hand.

10. Maintain proper positioning –  it is important to maintain the tummy-to-tummy position and keep knees higher than bottom in a deep M-position throughout the time that you are nursing.

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11. Listen to your baby – listen to your child while he or she is nursing: snoring, grunting, or other noises can be an indicator of distressed breathing, and you should unlatch and reposition if these things occur, or if you visually notice an obstructed airway for any reason, or that baby’s chin has fallen to his or her chest.

Our friend Rachel Parker shares how she breastfeeds in her Tula Baby Carrier:

Share your tips for breastfeeding in a carrier in the comments below or using the hashtag #tulateaches!

Tula Toddler Carrier: As Your Journey Continues
Our Toddler Tula Carrier has a weight range of 25 pounds - 60pounds.

Our Toddler Tula Carrier has a weight range of 25 pounds – 60pounds.

When a child is born, their needs can often be simple. As their caregiver, we can change their diaper, feed them, and comfort them to sleep. Yet as they grow, their wants and needs may become more complex and unique to their character. We at Baby Tula know firsthand that the period that you babywear does not end when a child begins to walk. Safety, security, and connection are all intuitive needs from birth and continue to be important to you and your child throughout their lives.

For some, this translates to a longer babywearing journey. In particular, we know that there are children with special needs that greatly benefit from having the option to be carried securely in a carrier. For these children and families, we have adjusted our official weight limit of the Baby Tula Toddler Carrier from 25-50 pounds to 25-60 pounds. Soon, you will start to see our Toddler carriers sold with the updated weight range on our labels and in the instruction booklets.

The Tula Toddler Carrier has the capability to last you well into the preschool and early elementary years.

The Tula Toddler Carrier has the capability to last you well into the preschool and early elementary years.

 

Structurally, nothing about the Baby Tula Toddler Carrier has changed and our carriers have been thoroughly tested to this higher recommended weight limit. While our design and structure has not changed, we recently made the decision to evaluate our recommended weight limit. We have seen the desire expressed for safe, comfortable Tula options for wearing a larger child and have therefore chosen to set our maximum manufacturer’s recommended weight limit at 60 pounds.

At Baby Tula, we support all families and believe that the comfort, bonding and perspective that “toddlerwearing” or “bigkidwearing” brings can be especially beneficial to those with special or customized needs, regardless of age. While some parents may not find it necessary to wear their older child, we want you to know that the Baby Tula Toddler Carrier has the capability to last you well into the preschool and early elementary years. For those times when a long walk is too much for little legs, a new place presents new fears, or a visit to the hospital requires extra long cuddles.

We at Baby Tula know firsthand that the period that you babywear does not end when a child begins to walk.

We at Baby Tula know firsthand that the period that you babywear does not end when a child begins to walk.

This adjustment to our weight limit also serves as an affirmation that the Baby Tula Toddler Carrier is really designed for larger children. The larger panel of the Toddler Carrier will not comfortably begin to fit a child until they are at least 32 inches and wearing 2T pants. Meeting the minimum weight or being a certain age should not be the only factors you consider when selecting the best carrier for your child. With a weight range of 15 – 45 pounds, our Standard Tula Baby Carrier is an excellent choice for a family who is looking for just one carrier to use during their most active babywearing period. We are delighted to be able to offer a variety of carriers that benefit a family wherever they are on the path of parenthood. Check out our ‘best baby carrier option for you’ comparison chart on our website.

Babywearing Educator Spotlight: Mary Rodio

Photo Credit: Break The Mold

Babywearing educators are a wonderful asset to the babywearing community. Their experience, knowledge and passion for babywearing can help caregivers overcome challenges, find solutions, and gain confidence in wearing their baby. We appreciate the role that babywearing educators play in our community and we are excited to celebrate their role through this series of babywearing educator spotlights.

Our next Babywearing Educator spotlight is on a passionate long tine educator from the Knoxville, Tennessee area. We asked Mary Rodio, of Fairy Tales Doula and Education Services, to answer some questions about herself and her role as an educator.

Tell us about your business?

I have been working as an Educator, including Babywearing Educator for about 7 years now. During those years I also worked to become a birth Doula through DONA Intl. At which point I started focusing more on independent consultations and clients versus classes. However, I still teach classes and workshops occasionally. A lot of my consultations are for newborns and with new wearers or those with special needs, either the caregiver or the child being worn so I tend to keep a lot of carriers in my teaching stash to help as many people as possible. In addition to the babywearing education I help with other parenting needs such as cloth diapering, natural menstrual products, building birth plans, child birth education, gentle potty learning tips and more. My passion for community and the caregivers of my community has led me to also spend a great deal of time working as a volunteer with different organizations throughout those same 7-8 years and right now I’m focusing on a fairly new Tennessee based nonprofit group, the East TN Valley Babywearers in which I work on the Board of Directors as the Director of Education. The community support in the new endeavor has been amazing! Within the last year I’ve been nominated for several Educator Based Awards which is an amazing thing to be able to see how much love the community wants to extend to the work I do! 

How did you get involved with babywearing?

My mother was actually a babywearer! She had several style of carriers and would often pack up myself, my older sister, her two dogs and some gear and go out camping in the Alaskan Wilderness! When I had my first child, who is now 18, it was just a very natural progression of going out to find carriers without really even questioning, much like people just assume you need a stroller. My second child was born ten years later and I knew I wanted to wear her as well but the exciting part at that time was that there were so many great options on the market I started getting really into it very quickly! Having been an educator and a natural seeker of information, I shortly started helping others with their carriers and then helped with a small, independent babywearing group. Once I started working at a local natural parenting store, the world of carriers really became my oyster because I was able to try out and play with so many things in order to test them for the store that I was able to have a lot of information about babywearing quickly. 

What do you find most rewarding as a babywearing educator?

There’s so many moments that keep me doing what I do! My favorites are those moments when the caregiver is unsure of wearing or if it will help with a specific need that they have rather it’s a newborn with colic, or tandem wearing, or a child with special needs and all of a sudden things click into place right and everyone just relaxes and settles into the carrier with that peace coming over them. It’s that moment, of, “Oh, THATS what this is all about!”. There’s so many reasons for wearing and some many needs it can help that the most rewarding thing to me is when you really are able to help that person find that right thing, for that need or reason and just open so many doors for them. 

What is one important tip you like to share with new or first-time babywearers?

Listen to yourself and your baby first of all. If you put a carrier on and everything feels right, comfy and baby is happy then you are most likely doing great! Baby wearing can have a bit of a learning curve at the beginning but the pay off is totally worth it! There’s always differing advice on what worked best for someone else but finding what works for you is most important. There isn’t one way to wear! Finding a sling library or an educator to work with is a great way to make friends and learn new carries! 

To connect with Mary, visit her Facebook page: Fairy Tales Doula and Education Services.

If you would like to nominate babywearing educator to be featured on the Tula blog and Facebook, please visit: https://docs.google.com/forms/d/1MXmdmoof68jhHn6n547gd-9iUJLNBj46kQhYlrtPzbQ/viewform

If you would like to nominate yourself to be featured in our Babywearing Educator Spotlight, visit: https://docs.google.com/forms/d/1IMF9cr6on1G64nBCArY2Vih1kI1cP9K7LVNWRUBtjAM/viewform

Getting to Know Motherhood: Chelsea Lush

What brings you and your baby comfort and joy isn’t always the same. As we approach Mother’s Day, we are getting to know seven real-life mothers and sharing different Tula items that we think can support them in their journey. Each day we will ask 5 simple questions to a different Mom and feature a Baby Tula giveaway item that you can add to your parenting “toolbox”. Get more of your own Mom essentials by using the code MOMLOVE to enjoy 15% off on babytula.com, until May 14th. Some exclusions apply.

Today, get to know Chelsea, of The Adventures of Zoe Lush, who’s oldest daughter has OI.

 What are the names and ages of your children?

Zoe is my oldest at 6 years old. I’m still able to carry her though! She loves back carries 🙂 Felix is my 3 year old. He is a cuddly boy and still nurses so is constantly wanting to be up in my arms and against my chest.

Use one word to describe motherhood.

Vibrant!

What is a recent parenting “win” you’ve had?

A recent parenting win was when I picked Zoe up from Sunday school on Easter. Her teacher told me that she asked to pray for the class. She asked Jesus to be in every child’s heart and for Him to love all of the kids like her mom and dad love her. My heart was so full! When the teacher was telling me what happened she started tearing up. I was so proud of my compassionate girl!

What is something you have learned since becoming a mother?

One thing I’ve learned since becoming a mother is that there really is no normal. I am lucky enough to live with my best friend (bffs for over 15 years!) and her 1 year old. We are able to help each other so much, either with laundry, watching each other’s children as needed, or venting when the kids are acting crazy. Just being able to see there is no “normal” and that motherhood comes in various emotions and actions. It’s not all Instagram poses!

What is a characteristic/quality that your child has that you admire?

Felix’s natural demeanor is so caring and considerate. He is protective in a very maternal way, taking care of his sister and making sure she has what she needs first. I admire how nurturing he is, making sure she is comfortable wherever she may be. One of my favorite things  Felix does is he always has to be holding Zoe’s hand. Since Zoe uses a wheelchair this can be difficult since she uses her hands to move herself! He regularly asks if we can push her so he is able to hold her hand and walk next to her. The love he has for her is what I’m most touched by. He’s a fantastic bigger little brother.

A Tula Item to Back Carry In.

Our Tula Baby Carriers, in Free-to-Grow, Standard, and Toddler all work well for back carries.
Getting to Know Motherhood: Rina

What brings you and your baby comfort and joy isn’t always the same. As we approach Mother’s Day, we are getting to know seven real-life mothers and sharing different Tula items that we think can support them in their journey. Each day we will ask 5 simple questions to a different Mom and feature a Baby Tula giveaway item that you can add to your parenting “toolbox”. Get more of your own Mom essentials by using the code MOMLOVE to enjoy 15% off on babytula.com, until May 14th. Some exclusions apply.

Today, get to know Rina, of Curls and Barbells, who has a spouse in the military.

What are the names and ages of your children?

We have Raven who is 3 and Robyn who is 4 weeks.

Use one word to describe motherhood.

If I had to only choose one word, it would be ‘unconditional’.

What is a recent parenting “win” you’ve had?

Raven has become quite the early riser as of recent and it never fails–she storms into our room while it’s still dark most mornings and asks for a snack. So I started putting a “snack” (most times it’s Cheerios or a Granola Bar) in a plastic Tupperware dish that is specifically for her that she can reach on her own. This new routine gives me just enough time to get out of bed, nurse the baby and be ready to start our day without needing to rush to get breakfast on the table. Some mornings I even get to shower while Raven is snacking and baby is sleeping–those make for some of our best days!! It’s amazing how a shower can set the tone for the rest of the day. Haha

What is something you have learned since becoming a mother?

I learned a whole new level of patience. Little humans move at their own pace and don’t quite grasp the concept of time so for someone like me who used to be a stickler for being on time, ALL OF THE TIME, I’ve just learned that it’s near impossible with kids.

What is a characteristic/quality that your child has that you admire?

Raven is incredibly nurturing. Whether it’s a friend, her baby sister, or even an adult whom she sees may be in trouble or in need of something, she’s always willing to help. She has been so attentive with her baby sister, it has just blown me away and made me so proud. As for Robyn, I admire her ability to sleep through anything and everything–I think she gets that from her dad!! Hahaha

A Tula Item to Cuddle a Newborn

A Tula Ring Sling is great for mimicking the shape of a newborn and holding them snug.