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There are about as many baby sling options as there are baby names, and many are excellent options for nursing. The trick is figuring out which style is most comfortable for you. What works for one mom may not work for another. I was encouraged to nurse with the Moby, but I always preferred the Ergo. It's a very personal choice.
Babywearing also has tons of benefits, besides keeping your baby close to facilitate nursing.
But which carrier is the best? How are they different? What are the benefits of each type? If you've got these or similar questions, we've got you covered.
We've taken an up-close look 7 of the best baby carriers for breastfeeding to help you find the one that's right for you.
We've even included videos for each one, so you can see how easy it is to nurse your baby.
Below is a summary for the carriers we looked at. If you want the full scoop, keep reading!
Features we love
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Infantino Sash Wrap
Easy to wash,
Baby K'tan Carrier
Is a sling, a wrap
Maya Wrap -
Can use the tail as
4 positions, ergonomic
Below we've laid out all the details on some of the most popular baby carriers for nursing. Not sure which one you want or need? Let us help you decide!
This is what is called a mei tai carrier, a style which has been used for hundreds of years and is believed to have originated in Asia. It's an extremely comfortably and versatile type of carrier that has no buckles and is tied and wrapped around your body, so it adapts to all body types.
This is one of the best baby carriers for nursing as you can easily move your child up or down to find the right position for both of you.
Check out this great instructional video on how to nurse in a mei tai.
Other attractive qualities include the various carrying positions: facing inwards, on your hip, and on your back, and the fact that your child will seated ergonomically in all three of those positions.
It also comes with a hood, which is great to protect your kiddo from the sun and give him some privacy when he's napping, and also when you're nursing.
It's made of cotton, is machine washable, and can accommodate kids weighing 8 to 36 pounds.
This is one of the most popular carriers on the market, and it's easy to see why: it's made of soft, stretchy material, it's flexible and comfy, and you'll be breastfeeding-ready at any time.
Don't be fooled by the elaborate-looking wrap—once you tie it a few times, you'll be a pro.
This is among the best baby carriers for breastfeeding as you can easily adjust the position of your baby, and he or she can nurse while comfortably tucked in. You can also arrange the fabric in such a way that allows you to nurse very discreetly.
Although the Boba is meant to be worn with your baby facing inwards only, you can position your baby in multiple positions when you want to nurse him.
There's no shortage of how-to videos for the Boba. Here is one of our favorites:
The Boba's got a lot of other benefits as well.
This is the perfect way to wear your baby, and nurse him, from birth to about 18 months. You can even use it with preemies and children weighing up to 35 pounds.
Every time you use the Boba you create a custom fit, because you can tie it on to adapt the size of your baby and the position you want to carry him.
Between these perks and the ease with which you can breastfeed, the Boba is one of our top picks.
This is another soft-structured baby carrier that's an excellent option for breastfeeding. The great thing about the K'tan is that you don't need to tie and wrap yourself up as it comes in a simple, two-loop design. All you have to do is put it on.
Like the previous models, this is fantastic for nursing discreetly as you can adapt it to your baby's position and cover up as much as possible. It's extremely comfortable, as it's made of 100% breathable cotton, and it's got no buckles, hardware or snaps to speak of.
See how easy it is below.
There are so many great things about the K'tan, aside from the ease with which you can use it to breastfeed you baby.
This is something of a hybrid babywearing option, as it combines a sling, a wrap and a carrier all in one, so you can put your child in the positions offered by all three styles.
Other features we love:
All in all this is an excellent option for carrying around your baby, and especially for breastfeeding..
This is a simple, comfortable wrap that is hand-woven in India and is an excellent option for nursing your baby. It's made of a woven material and, therefore, does not stretch, but it is long enough to use in any position and is extremely popular among moms for many reasons.
It might not be obvious at first sight how you tie it on or how you might nurse in it, but that's what YouTube is for!
Other things you should know about this woven wrap:
This wrap, which has an ergonomic design, can also be used in multiple positions, so you can carry your child on your chest, on your hip or on your back. It's slightly more expensive than the previous ones, but previous users agree it's well worth it.
This is one of the best baby carriers for nursing, hands down. It's easy to use, you can breastfeed discreetly, and it's extremely versatile.
The Maya is made from 100% hand loomed cotton, so it's doesn't stretch, but it does offer fantastic support and the fabric is extremely durable.
It's all about versatility with this one: you can wear it as a sling when you have a newborn, you can wear it on your chest, and you can wear it on your hip and on your back—4 different positions, if not more. Beyond that, you can use it as a breastfeeding cover if need be, as an "on-the-go" blanket, as car seat cover in the rain...
We love that it has a pocket, which is the perfect size for storing a diaper, some wipes and your keys.
Here are two great videos that show how to nurse a newborn and a slightly older child with the Maya Wrap.
Other perks you get with the Maya Wrap are as follows:
All in all this is an excellent option, not only for nursing, but for hands-free babywearing.
This is, as you might have guessed, very similar to the Maya Wrap, but we included it anyway as it's very popular among nursing moms.
The concept is the same as above: pop your baby in the deepest part of the sling, which acts like a "pocket", tighten the sling slightly, and you're ready to breastfeed. You can even place the tail over your shoulder for an instant nursing cover.
Here are two great videos that show you how to nurse a newborn and an older baby with the Sakura Bloom.
The Sakura Bloom is different from the Maya Wrap in that it's made of Belgian linen, which is breathable and easy to care for. It's also naturally antibacterial, perfect for all types of climates and weather and, over time, it becomes softer and stronger.
Why we love the Sakura Bloom:
What else can we say? This is the best baby sling for nursing, in our opinion.
This is another great carrier for breastfeeding, and we love the focus on ergonomics—your baby is always in an ergonomic position, i.e. frog-legged.
When you want to nurse, you simply latch your child on and, for the most part, the fabric covers the rest. People will be none the wiser.
Check out this video below to see how easy it is to nurse in the Ergobaby.
The Ergobaby is very comfortable carrier as it does a great job of distributing the weight across your waist, shoulders and back, and you can use it 4 different ways: facing inwards, facing outwards, on the hip and on the back.
You can use it with a newborn (just make sure you get the infant insert) up to a 36-month year-old, and it's got padded straps, adding to the carrier's comfort.
We also love that:
In short, this is yet another great option for breastfeeding, and it's got a ton of other great qualities.
Do you think you've found the best baby carrier for nursing? We hope so. Surely the Boba, the Ergo or the Maya Wrap is just what you need so you can breastfeed discreetly and have your hands free for other tasks.
Did you use a different carrier for breastfeeding? Tell us about it in the comments!
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