Happy World Breastfeeding Week! I’m kicking off this week by sharing a post on how to breastfeed in a baby carrier. I’ve been counting down to this day for a few months, honestly. If you’ve been following my site or social channels for a while, you know that I’m a huge advocate for breastfeeding awareness.
I love talking all things breastfeeding, so naturally, I’m passionate about World Breastfeeding Week! I’ve got tons of great content in store for you guys, and LOTS of fun giveaways! Including a giant giveaway at the end of the WBW (on Monday August 7th) so be sure to check in every day so you can see what kinds of goodies there are to win. Plus, if you are a new or expecting mom, it’s a good idea for you to get super familiar with brands that are helpful to breastfeeding mothers!
HOW TO BREASTFEED IN A BABY CARRIER:
So, if you are a breastfeeding mom who has already heard about the wonderful tool that is babywearing, you are probably wondering, “How on Earth do I get my child to nurse in a baby carrier?” This is a question I get often, and honestly I’ve been meaning to write a blog post about this for quite some time. I use my Tula Baby Carrier most often when I breastfeed. It’s easy to adjust and readjust when I’m done nursing, plus it has this handy hood that allows me to be covered when walking through public (which happens often). Breastfeeding in a carrier will change your life. Especially if you are a mom to multiples.
I wish that I could have filmed a video of this process, but Grace wasn’t cooperating very well, and I wanted to share this with you today, so I promise to share one soon. In the meantime, these images should be helpful to you. It’s really a four-step process. You start by putting your baby in the carrier like normal. Then begin the nursing process by loosening the shoulder strap so that your baby is in line with your breast. Then simply take out your breast, and latch the baby. You may need to loosen or tighten to get a good position, but typically you get pretty good at estimating once you do this a few times.
Once baby is latched, take the hood and clip it up to cover you. Sometimes I use a Baby Tula swaddle blanket for extra coverage, but typically the hood is plenty. Lastly, once you are finished nursing, be sure to tighten your strap again when baby is done nursing for a good carry. It’s honestly so easy! Let me know if you have any questions. I have included some helpful tips below!
OTHER TIPS FOR NURSING IN YOUR BABY CARRIER:
Wear a nursing-friendly top (nursing tanks are great) a tee like I am wearing that’s loose at the neck, or a top/dress that has zippers on the sides! This will be one of the best ways on how to breastfeed in a baby carrier. I’ve included some of my favorites below:
For extra coverage to cover up, while nursing in your carrier in public, consider getting a Baby Tula swaddle blanket. It can also keep baby warm if they do end up falling asleep.
TULA BABY CARRIER ‘FREE TO GROW’ GIVEAWAY:
The carrier I’m using in these photos is a Free to Grow size. This carrier works great for infants 7 pounds to 45 pounds. Grace is 30 pounds now and still fits comfortably in the Free to Grow at the widest and tallest setting. Because my favorite babywearing brand, Tula Baby Carriers is so passionate about breastfeeding awareness week, we are hosting a giveaway together! You could in an adorable ‘Soar’ print Free to Grow carrier simply by entering below on the Rafflecopter form.
Must be 18 and up to enter
U.S. and Canada entrants only
Giveaway will be live for one week (ends Wednesday, August 9th) and a winner will be announced on this form below 24 hours later. Good luck!
Well, mamas, I truly hope this how to breastfeed in a baby carrier post was helpful to you! If you enjoyed this article, please consider pinning any of the images below so other parents can find this article too! Be sure to check out our other breastfeeding articles before you go.
This is so awesome! It took some practice but being able to nurse on the go while my baby was in my Tula was fantastic. It saved me (and my family/group) so much time when we were on outings like Disneyland because I didn’t have to stop everything to feed my baby.
I didn’t breastfeed much in my carriers, but I am hoping to be more of a pro with my third baby!
Makes it look so easy! It took us about 5 months before we figured it out!
Truly it took me quite a while to feel comfortable with it too!
Thank u for this 😊 I can’t wait to wear Mila!! Just about one more lb to go. Such an awesome giveaway😍 My favorite color is pink 💕
Awwww, i am so excited for you to use your free to grow carrier with Mila 🙂 xoxo.
This is great. I didn’t get to do this with my first but I’m due in January for my second. Will definitely be trying this.
I’m due in January with my 2nd little guy and am planning to breastfeed for the first time. I love babywearing so this was super helpful!
Aw, congratulations, mama! I am so excited for you that you want to breastfeed! It’s rough in the beginning, but such a wonderful experience! I have a 10 must-haves for breastfeeding moms post going up on Monday too! There’s a huge giveaway tied to it! Also, if you haven’t already, check out the book “The Womanly Art of Breastfeeding” it helped me so much!
What a great post! I would love a free to grow carrier! I never knew it was possible to breast feed in one! That’s awesome!
Yes! It’s life changing! Especially when you have a toddler running around to chase hahaha.
I adore that black and white stripe tula! Ive been super eager to try out a FTG!
I tried before with my son in my ergo but found it really difficult as he has a long torso & my boobs are really low on my chest.
I love the colour of the soar print ftg carrier
I have friends who have that problem, and they use a rolled up blanket under their boob to prop it up! See if that helps! Also, hopefully you win, because I looove Tulas! We had an Ergo at first but i ended returning it to buy my first tula a couple years ago 🙂
Soar is so pretty! My favourite colour is purple, but I tend to stay gender neutral with my Tula’s 🙂
It is even easier then you make it look! Thank you for the helpful tips. Nursing in a carrier is a game changer when you are out on the go. It is so helpful! Love your blog!!
Love the post about breastfeeding in the Tula. A lot of really good reads on this blog !
I love nursing in my boba…I would love to try a Tula! I love the color “connect”!
I nurse in our carriers but I still struggle… baby always tilts his head to lay down. We end up just taking one strap off completely which offers little privacy. I’ll keep trying. 😍
which way does he tilt his head? Down or to the side? I love nursing in ring slings too! The tail offers great support, and it’s easier to control where baby’s head goes!
To the side. I used to nurse in the ring sling alll the time, but as he’s getting bigger he straightens his legs and pops out of the seat. Any suggestions?
in a sling I try to pull the fabric all the way up to baby’s belly button! Grace is 2 and can’t figure out how to pop her seat! hahaha. you can also wrap the excess fabric around the baby’s bum and tuck it in for extra support under the seat!
Thank you for writing about this! The new carrier you uses here is gorgeous and has may favorite color black in it!
Love green 💕
Breastfeeding in the Tula made outings so much easier and less stressful. I never had to worry about making sure I packed enough food. I was sad when our journey came to a close but so thankful it lasted 14 months!
My favorite color is red! Thanks for this wonderful opportunity!
Grey 🙂 love this post.
My favorite color is green!
Soar 🙂 Love the green!
My favorite color is navy blue.
Thanks for sharing this. I’ve never mastered nursing while baby wearing, but I need to!
I didn’t realize it was that easy! Love it!
Love this! I never breastfed in my baby carrier with my son, but want to with this baby. (I’m due in November). This article was definitely helpful and I’ll be trying it out once he is born. I’ve also been looking into getting a FTG- so it would be so amazing to win it! Thank you!!
Favourite colour is green!! Yay for soar!
My favourite colours are jewel tones, especially indigo!
My favorite color is teal. Glad to see posts on breast feeding while baby wearing. That saved me so often when out and about. My little one was an easily distracted eater, but if I was wearing her she could shut out so much and feed.
I find that I am unable to get my young babies head in a good position to breastfeed in my SSC doing as you mention above. They push their head downwards so their nostrils are bocked by my boob. Had this problem with my eldest, now same issue with my 3 m.o.. Any tips?
Hi there! Hm, do you have a ring sling? It’s a tad easier and more moldable for tiny babes to nurse. Otherwise, I would try to loosen the shoulder strap more to move them down so their head has to be tilted up rather than down? Let me know if that works! You cane mail me too, I’m a bit faster to respond to those 🙂 xoxo.
I did often baby wear with my first but never attempted to breastfeed while he was in the carrier. I imagine this will be a huge help with my second! I love the stripped carrier that you are wearing! Such a great neutral.
I love the black and white stripes!
Great post! The visuals make it easier than a written how-to 🙂 We’re a #teamred family here!
I would love a tula baby carrier. I’m not too picky, as long as it’s fitting for a boy! And I love that it can hold up to 45 pounds since my little monkey wants to be carried constantly. This would be a back saver for sure! 🙂
Great tips and that striped Tula is absolutely gorgeous!!
You make it look so easy!! Hopefully it will be easier with my second squish!
Favorite color is Red 🙂
My favorite color green. And this is a great post! I breastfeed my babies, but haven’t breastfed in my carriers much. But it is something I would love to try with baby #3 on the way. Thank you for the giveaway!
I love the color green. And this is a great post with visuals. I love breastfeeding and babywearing, Hopefully I can try it out with baby #3 on the way. Thank you for the giveaway. And Happy World Breastfeeding Week!
Love the stripes, what cute prints they have… Thanks for the intro to this co!!
This post is EVERYTHING!!! Lovvveeeee this new stripe print!!!!!!
It makes it sound so easy lol my favorite color is purple.
I would love to win this carrier my third little one doesn’t like either carrier my others used but I would love to have one she enjoys!
Ahh what an awesome giveaway!!! SO exciting! I have always wanted a Tula carrier! I have a cheaper carrier that someone bought me for my babyshower but after doing research I found out it’s very important to get a carrier that really supports the baby in a way that the Tula does and doesn’t cause potential harm to the baby’s hips or spine. I also have a wrap but i’m not super coordinated and I think it may be a little too small to do the double hammock back carry that you did in your video tutorial.
I have been begging my husband (and have also been eyeballing one that you are selling!) and was going to enter another giveaway several months back but he didn’t think I would need one still since we have a toddler. He doesn’t realize how much easier it would make life and going out not having to chase a toddler around. I currently use my citi babies multi use cover while i’m out and it has been a life saver!!! But I can only imagine how much easier it would be to just nurse him while in the tula! (I didn’t even know that was possible! I have been nursing him for 21 months now and still going strong!)
My toddler is also small and probably around 25lbs so I would still be able to get SO much use out of it and how awesome is it that it comes with a hood that can act as a cover up! Ahh!
Thanks again for such an awesome giveaway to help encourage mamas to breastfeed and babywear!!!
Favorite color: I don’t really have a favorite color…it just kinda depends on what it is. I like colors like peach, blush, seashell, pale turquoise, light cyan, light mint, pale honeydew, sage, greys and earthy neutrals, I also like multi colors and indie patterns or aztec patterns.
That black and white stripe tula is amazing, I have tried nursing in carriers and find I have to tilt too far forward to make it work otherwise I feel like I’m gonna suffocate my babe with my large chest
hey mama, have you ever tried propping your boob up with a blanket? I have a friend who does that and it helps keep it upright for larger-chested women. I wish I had that problem– B cup over here lol
Thanks for the great tips! My son isn’t 7 months and I’m glad I can finally figure out breastfeeding in a Tula!
I can’t wait to try breastfeeding my sweet little boy in my Tula carrier! My favourite colour is blue! <3
Great post! Favorite color is green 🙂
Love this! Also love how you included some nursing friendly attire- I LOVE that dress!
I always nurse in my carrier! I have three kids and now that my daughter is older we have all her activities to attend so it’s been so helpful! My favorite is the black and white stripes😍
I didn’t try this with my first baby… will definitely try it when I have this baby! Love the look of the carriers!
I didn’t do this with my first baby, but will definitely be trying it when I have this baby! Love the looks of these carriers!
Entered the giveaway!! Thank you so much for the opportunity 😍 I would love to have a tula, it would make my life sooo much easier because right now my life consists of nursing on my baby’s terms lol so this would make both of us happy ❤ and I would finally be able to do things again haha 😊
Oh, and my favourite color is pink 😄
I would love to win a carrier. How do you like the Ftg with an older child, is it as comfy as a standard ?
I have four free to grow carriers, and I love them all for Grace! she’s 2 years old 🙂
I find I sometimes have to loosen and drop the waist strap lower on my hips for feeding and then adjust it back depending on length and age of my kiddoes. I also loosen the shoulder as well. Green is my favorite color, but we live in the Philippines (it’s really hot) so we invested in a Tula Coast Mariner.
Really good tips! Way easier than using a nursing cover. This is such a cute carrier, I think I like the black and white stripes the best.
Love tulas for nursing on the go! We went to the zoo in San Francisco last weekend and I spent most of our day nursing my little in our blossom free to grow 😍 my favorite color is blue!
This looks so easy! I wonder if it’s as easy with a larger bust? I would love to give this a try. My favorite color is teal, but I just love the Soar print. The Free to Grow looks amazing!
Love mustard color!
Love that this makes feeding in public so much easier! Awesome!
All the colors! How could you pick just one?! I love the free to grow carrier!!
Thank for hosting such a wonderful giveaway! My favorite color is yellow.
Any shade of blue is my favorite
I have yet to get the breastfeeding while babywearing thing down. Great post. My favorite color is purple!
My favorite color is pink! But I love the striped Tula! I’m pregnant with baby number 2 and think babywearing will be key to survival of life with a toddler and newborn 🙂
Love this tutorial! Love seeing other toddler breastfeeding mamas! When my 27lb 18mos old was much younger, we would nurse in our standard Tula all the time. I attempted this with recently and could imagine a free-to-grow size would be a touch more comfortable for both of us!
I wasn’t able to breastfeeding a carrier until my third child. I always thought it was bc my chest was too big. I wish I would have had a tutorial like this back then! Thanks for sharing!
My favorite color is yellow. Thank you for this tutorial and the opportunity to win a tula!
This is so great and informative! I wish I saw this at the beginning of my bf journey!
What a good idea! And I love how you showed a toddler, not just an infant. My toddler will be two this month and very much still likes being carried around and nursing! We borrowed a friends Tula to use on vacation and adored it. We wouldn’t have been able to walk & hike the places we did without it. It would be so nice to have one for everyday use! I would love to be able to have one, even though I don’t have an infant anymore, I love the muted color ones especially!
I love pink!!!
I struggled to produce milk with my first babe. I just had my second babe 5 months ago and thankfully I have learned some great info on milk production and I have not had to supplement at all this time around. I love being able to exclusively breastfeed my boy. The Tula makes it that much easier while chasing around my three year old. I want to try the free-to-grow so badly!! All the colors and styles are adorable! I love them all 😍
Thanks for the tips! I’m new to baby wearing so trying to gather as much info as possible. Would you say the material of the Tula is breathable in hot weather, but also suitable for colder weather climates?
P.s. my favourite color is grey and yellow
Thanks for the tips! I’m new to baby wearing so trying to gather as much info as possible. My favorite color is grey and yellow.
I love breastfeeding in my Tula. It saved me on our family vacation to San Diego. My favorite color is burgundy.
Love this article and our favourite color is grey!
Great tips!! Super helpful while out with my older kids who are on the go. I love the striped Tula! Super cute!
Thankyou!!! Oh how nice this would be!! With baby #5 , mama needs this !!
Great tips and that striped Tula is absolutely gorgeous!! I adore it so much!!
Thanks for doing posts like this! <3
Can’t wait to help my sister learn how to breast feed in her carrier! Hoping to win her one for her new bundle on the way!!
I’ve always been afraid to nurse in my carrier because I thought it would be super awkward to maneuver, but this helps so much! I will definitely try it!
My favorite color is grey.
I am in LOVE with the pattern! You always have THE BEST giveaways and I am absolutely in love with everything from Tula! My favorite color is olive green! (Hence the reason I think this carrier is ky fave!)
I’ve been practicing the art of baby wearing and feeding. I have a lot 9f practice, but I know one day it will be so worth it.
Thanks so much for the tip. I have a free -to-grow and will try it soon! My favorite color is black!
I love the how to breastfeed with a baby carrier! Thank you for posting this.
Wow, this is great! I honestly never even thought to try this, it looks pretty easy though. Thank you! The stripe is really nice!