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13 Best Baby Carriers For Breastfeeding Moms | Nursing While Walking At The Same Time!

When your a breastfeeding mom you get the desire for hands free nursing while walking at the same time as breastfeeding! While learning to nurse in a baby carry, then go hands free, then ultimately walk at the same time as breastfeeding can take a little practice, you can get there! Discover the best baby carrier for breastfeeding moms that will allow you to keep your baby close to nurse in plus how to choose the best baby carrier for you!

SPOILER: My personal favorite is this one!

Table Of Contents

  1. Best Baby Carriers For Breastfeeding Moms
  2. Best Baby Carrier Wraps For Breastfeeding Moms:
    •  Best Baby Carrier Wrap: Solly Baby Wrap
    • Runner Up Baby Wrap For Breastfeeding: Boba Baby Wrap
    • Budget Friendly Baby Wrap: KeaBabies
    • For extended breastfeeding + baby wearing: Solly Baby The Loop Carrier
    • Easiest Learning Curve: Baby K’tan Original Baby Carrier
    • Easiest Learning Curve Runner Up: Konny Baby Carrier
  3. Best Ring Sling Baby Carriers For Breastfeeding:
    • Best Ring Sling Baby Carrier For Breastfeeding: Nalakai Ring Sling Baby Carrier
    • Sling Ring Carrier Runner Up: Moby Ring Sling
    • Best Sling Baby Carrier For Newborn: Wisremt
  4. Best Structured Baby Carriers For Breastfeeding:
    • Best Overall (TIED): Ergobaby Omni 360 + Lillebaby 6-in-1
    • Ergobaby Omni 360 All-Position Baby Carrier for Newborn to Toddler with Lumbar Support
    • Lillebaby Original 6-in-1 Baby Carrier
    • For Newborns: BABYBJÖRN Baby Carrier Mini
    • For Newborns with Lumbar Support: Ergobaby Embrace Baby Carrier
    • For Plus Size Moms: Tula Baby Carrier
  5. How To Choose The Best Baby Carrier For Breastfeeding Moms:
    • Style
    • Safety
    • Support
    • Comfort
    • Ease of Use
    • Privacy
    • Cost
    • Durability
    • Cleaning
  7. FAQS About Baby Carriers For Breastfeeding Moms
    • When to start using a baby carrier:
    • Can you wear your baby too much?
    • Can I wear baby all day?
    • Are baby slings safe for newborns?
    • Which baby carriers are best for newborns?
    • Which is better: baby wrap or carrier?
    • Can you breastfeed with a baby sling?
    • Can you breastfeed with a baby wrap?
    • Can you breastfeed in a baby carrier?
    • How do you breastfeed in a baby carrier?
  8. Final Thoughts on breastfeeding carriers:
    • Which baby carrier is best for breastfeeding?

Best Baby Carrier Wraps For Breastfeeding Moms:

 Best Baby Carrier Wrap: Solly Baby Wrap

Solly is known for their ultra soft baby carriers that are also SUPER cute! They are my #1 baby carrier in general, but also the most comfortable and breathable baby wrap I've tried!

They work great for babies from 8 to 25 lbs. They come in over 20 colors to choose from. Since baby wraps are adjustable, this can be worn by the breastfeeding mama as well as any other caregivers.

I cover how to tie your baby wrap here. And if you're new to baby wearing, I have to say, baby wraps are the best baby carrier I've found to actually reduce crying, extend naps while mom goes hands free around the house, and help with any gas or reflux. They perfectly position the baby on mama's chest! So while they can seem intimidating at first, they do work amazing for soothing baby and boosting bonding.

As far as nursing in the wrap, it takes some getting used to but IS possible! And if you don't feel

comfortable doing it, the wrap offers nice privacy coverage if nursing in public, without having to cover your baby's face with a blanket.

Their wraps are made from 100% certified Lenzing modal. Lenzing modal is a luxuriously silky-soft, sustainable knit made from the pulp of Austrian beechwood trees and manufactured right in Los Angeles. Lenzing uses wood and wood pulp that is free of pesticides.

The finished product is incredibly lightweight, cool to the touch, and durable enough to be machine-washed (delicate cycle) and tumbled dry (low heat) without wearing down. All of their dyes are environmentally-friendly, nontoxic and AZO-, phthalate- and metal-free. They also do not use flame retardants, which is an huge win as those can be endocrine disruptor and with how close baby breathes in a baby wrap, you'll want a super clean material like this one! Plus it's hip healthy certified.

The lightweight, stretchy – yet sturdy – material is the easiest to adjust of all the baby wraps I've tested, making it the best for breastfeeding mama's to lower their baby to the boob, while remaining secure when needed.

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  • 8 to 25 lbs
  • 5.5 yards in length makes it great for petite to plus size breastfeeding moms
  • Sustainably made from 100% certified Lenzing modal (sourced from the pulp of Austrian Beechwood trees) and free of pesiticides
  • Lightweight comfortable fabric is much easier to adjust while wearing than any other baby wrap I've tried.
  • Not specific to Solly baby, but baby wraps can feel intimidating the first few times and can take some getting used to for nursing in them
  • Can only wear baby on chest facing you (true for all baby wraps)

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Runner Up Baby Wrap For Breastfeeding: Boba Baby Wrap

The Boba Baby Wrap is a simple and easy to use wrap carrier that transitions throughout the first year. It can hold babies up to 35 pounds. The French terry material is made from 95% cotton and five percent spandex for stretch and breathability, but it does feel a little stiff compared to Solly baby's wrap.

With five yards of fabric, and a green tag that helps you find the center, this wrap is easy to tie. Plus it’s certified by the International Hip Dysplasia Institute (IHDI) — meaning that you don’t have to worry about creating muscular developmental issues if you use this wrap to baby wear. You can choose from 13 colors here.

  • Supports up to 35lbs
  • 5-yard length ideal for plus size wearers
  • Affordable
  • A little stiffer and harder to adjust while wearing

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Budget Friendly Baby Wrap: KeaBabies

Whether you’re shopping on a budget or want to get an extra wrap carrier, the KeaBabies wrap is a great choice for a modest price. Available in 11 colors, this option also supports up to 35 pounds. You’ll like that it also comes with an instruction video to guide you on the multiple positions. 

The KaeBabies wrap has one the Baby Maternity Magazine 2019 Top Choice Award and the 2019 Family Choice Award. This wrap is also machine washable and made from cotton. We like that you can also use this as a swaddling blanket. 

  • Supports up to 35lbs
  • Award winning selection 
  • A little thicker/scratchier fabric compared to others
  • No details on how their fabric is manufactured

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For extended breastfeeding + baby wearing: Solly Baby The Loop Carrier

The Solly Baby loop carrier is THE BEST for extended wear! It's the ease of a sling with the hidden loop feature, with the support of a wrap.

It is designed for babies 15 to 45 lbs. It's currently offered in four beautiful, breathable colors. It comes in two sizes that fit from XS to 3XL and is hip healthy certified. It's made from 100% GOTS certified organic cotton and is machine washable.

With that said, cotton definitely feels DIFFERENT than the super soft lenzing modal Solly uses on their wraps. So it'll feel a bit stiffer/thicker. However with each wash it gets softer and softer. It also provides a ton of support, while still remaining breathable.

  • For babies 15-45 lbs
  • GOTS 100% organic cotton certified
  • Promotes extended baby wearing and works for mom's who extend breastfeeding beyond the first year.
  • Not as soft as the Solly wrap

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Easiest Learning Curve: Baby K’tan Original Baby Carrier

If the idea of wrapping and tying yourself up before adding your baby to the mix sounds intimidating, you’ll like the Baby K’Tan Original Baby Carrier. It features a pre-wrapped design so that all you have to do is slip into it. It supports up to 35 pounds and is also compatible with newborns. 

You’ll like that there are also multiple sizes from XXS through XL which translates to dress sizes from zero to 24. You can adjust this carrier into five positions, including a sling wrap for newborns and preemies. The Original Wrap won the 2020 Gugu Guru Village Love Pick, Verywell Family 2019 Best Baby Wraps and Slings, 2019 Experienced Mommy Award, 2019 Baby & Children’s Product News, and the 2019 Babylist Best award. It's also Hip Healthy Approved by the International Hip Dysplasia Institute!

We give it a win because Baby K'tan features a few different materials to choose from, and plenty of colors in each style! The Original and Breeze carriers are 100% cotton, they also have the “Active Oasis” baby carrier which is a nylon, spandex poly blend that's silky soft and moisture wicking while providing 90% UVA protection. Lastly, they offer the Organic version that's GOTS certified 100% Organic cotton. All their carriers are machine washable too!

  • Pre-wrapped design is great for beginners
  • Large size range from 0 to 24
  • Includes sling positions for newborns and preemies
  • For newborn up to 35 lbs
  • Multiple fabric options
  • 100% Cotton blends may feel stay and scratchy at first
  • Sizes are person dependent; meaning you cannot share this baby carrier with your spouse or other caregivers if they are a different size

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Easiest Learning Curve Runner Up: Konny Baby Carrier

The Konny Baby Carrier is another great choice for busy moms who don’t want to deal with wrapping and tying fabric. Simply slip into the baby carrier thanks to the pre-designed back that goes on just like a t-shirt and comes in over 15 colors.

What we liked about the Konny is the back actually provides full support, versus just a little X that crosses near the shoulders and seems to help reduce back pain.

This pick features a higher weight range, supporting up to 44 pounds. The Konny carrier is available in sizes 2XS through 5XL.

It won the 2021 Reddot best of the Best Award and the 2021 iF Design Award. Plus it is an officially recognized baby carrier for hip health by the IHDI.

It's made from 33% cotton, and a poly spandex blend for breathability. It also offers UPF 40 sun protection and is moisture wicking. However, I did not find it particularly soft, in fact, I found it kind of scratchy. You also need to make sure the back is positioned high enough so that you can actually nurse in this baby carrier.

  • Higher weight capacity than other wrap carriers
  • Designed to improve back support
  • Wide size range from 2XS through 5XL
  • Material is a little stiff and scratchy at first
  • Sizes are person dependent; meaning you cannot share this baby carrier with your spouse or other caregivers if they are a different size

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Best Ring Sling Baby Carriers For Breastfeeding:

We like sling baby carriers for the added ease of both breastfeeding and bottle feeding in a baby carrier – the latter being something you cannot do in the other baby carriers on this list. A ring sling baby carrier provides enough support for your to be hands free or walking at the same time as bottle feeding in a baby carrier. Though we would recommend keeping one hand on baby and one on the bottle in the latter scenario!

Best Ring Sling Baby Carrier For Breastfeeding: Nalakai Ring Sling Baby Carrier

The Nalakai ring sling baby carrier is formerly known as Pura Vida slings and comes in 20 luxury colors. They're made from a SUPER soft bamboo material that's machine washable and breathable! The bamboo is sustainably grown without harsh chemicals or fertilizers and is UV reflective.

They also donate 5% of profits to families in need to the Cepia charity helping low income families in Costa Rica. All rings are backed by a lifetime guarantee too.

This ring sling is designed with safety in mind and are compliant with CPSIA 2008 and ATSM safety standards as well as focusing on healthy hips to reduce the risk of hip dysplasia.

  • Easy to use design
  • Supports up to 35 pounds
  • One-size design for all caregivers
  • Ultra soft bamboo doesn't need to be broke in like other linen based ring slings
  • Ring slings in general don't feel as supportive as wraps or structured carriers

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Sling Ring Carrier Runner Up: Moby Ring Sling

Breathability is important, especially if you intend to wear your baby for extended periods. The Moby Ring Sling is made from a double gauze cotton fabric, ensuring plenty of airflow. While it has a smaller weight range capacity compared to others on the list, for eight to 33 pound babies, we do like that it features more fabric, coming in at 85 inches long, for more versatility and is more plus size friendly.

The material of the Moby ring sling is a bit sturdier/thick compared to Nalakai's, making it a better “beginner” ring sling for mom's who are nervous about the supportiveness of a stretchier bamboo material.

This sling can be worn in front and hip carry positions. It won the Baby Maternity Magazine 2018 Top Choice Award, BabyCenter Best of 2018 Moms’ Picks, and is recognized by the IHDI for promoting healthy hip development. 

  • Breathable construction 
  • IHDI recognized as safe for baby’s hip development 
  • Stylish design
  • Smaller supported weight range for baby
  • Thicker fabric makes it harder to adjust, particularly as baby gets bigger

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Best Sling Baby Carrier For Newborn: Wisremt

Especially for newborns, you need a baby sling that’s designed to provide proper support to avoid having them stuck in a C-position which can obstruct airways. The Wisremt Newborn Baby Carrier Sling is an easy to use solution that makes slipping tiny babies in and out of the carrier a breeze. 

The natural angled design makes breastfeeding significantly easier. This is a one-size product with an adjustable shoulder strap. And while it can transition out of the newborn stage, it can only provide hip support, meaning you’ll need to support their back when your baby is sitting upright.

  • Incredibly affordable
  • Simple design is ideal for use with newborns
  • Easy to use design for new moms unsure about baby wearing
  • Lacks weight guidelines

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Best Structured Baby Carriers For Breastfeeding:

Best Overall (TIED): Ergobaby Omni 360 + Lillebaby 6-in-1

These two win best overall simply because of their comprehensive designs. You can wear your baby from the newborn stage through the toddler years. From facing you, to facing forward, to on your back, these carriers are meant to LAST and are super durable. They both feature great lumbar support as well. Both are machine washable, work for babies seven to 45 pounds, and are approved by the IHDI.

With that said, the share one major con: they are bulkier than any other carriers on this list. Meaning you can't just toss it in your purse in case you need to baby wear later.

Ergobaby Omni 360 All-Position Baby Carrier for Newborn to Toddler with Lumbar Support

Personally, I had the Ergo since my daughter was born, but only wore it during long, physically intensive travel days; like hiking in California or to Disney. With that said, I did get more use out of it after my daughter turned 2 years old and wanted to be carried home from the park everyday. The Ergo Omni 360 was great for me to strap her forward facing, or on my back once I was pregnant, and get her home without the strain.

We like the Ergo Omni 360 over the Ergo 360 since it doesn't require an infant insert (regular 360 does) and works for babies from 7 to 45 lbs.

  • Grows with baby from newborn to toddler (7-45lbs)
  • All carrying positions: Inward, front outward, hip & back carry
  • Made from 100% cotton
  • Padded lumbar for back support
  • Shoulder straps are padded and can be worn straight or in an X for additional back support
  • UPF baby hood for sun protection and privacy for easy breastfeeding
  • Machine washable
  • Bulkier (doesn't easily fit in purse or personal bag)
  • Intimidating at first with so many buckles/adjustable straps
  • Can get hot

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Lillebaby Original 6-in-1 Baby Carrier

Both the Ergobaby and the Lillebaby feature lumbar support, the Lillebaby model offers more targeted hip support.  

  • Can be used with newborns and provides plenty of support
  • Padded shoulder straps and lower back support ideal for extended use 
  • Ideal for both men and women of various sizes to use 
  • Multiple supported configurations ensures it accommodates your growing child
  • Bulkier design compared to wraps or slings

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For Newborns: BABYBJÖRN Baby Carrier Mini

The BabyBjörn Baby Carrier Mini is designed to encourage a feeling of closeness and is made from 3D jersey, 3D mesh, and satin-woven cotton and a wide variety of colors. 

This simplified carrier is perfect for use with newborns and can grow with baby and be worn facing in, or facing out. With that said, we do suggest checkout out the Ergobaby Embrace carrier too (more on that in a moment!) as it's a bit more supportive for breastfeeding moms with back pain, and easier for petite moms to nurse in.

Note that it has a smaller weight capacity from seven to 24 pounds and is meant to be phased out after your baby is 12 months old or 24 pounds. 

While it's extremely easy to use, with a mid buckle, and two side buckles that slip in, you will need to adjust it to lower your baby to the breast while nursing.

The sides are also quite open, so it does not offer much privacy for nursing in it.

It is lightweight and folds up into a nice small size, making it one of the best structured baby carriers to toss in your purse or travel with. And the adjustable leg straps grow with your baby. However it is not IHDI certified, and when my baby was still in the 7-10 lbs range, I didn't feel comfortable with how straight his legs were (you want their legs in more of a splayed M shape, not straight like an l or capital I).

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  • Smaller + lightweight than other structured carriers
  • Soft hand feel, but also breathable
  • Supports three positions
  • Easy to use
  • Most parents may only be able to use it for the first year

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For Newborns with Lumbar Support: Ergobaby Embrace Baby Carrier

The Ergobaby Embrace carrier is newer to the baby carrier market than the BABYBJÖRN Baby Carrier Mini – but is a TOP contender and our personal favorite.

For my baby, I found it had a much better hip placement in the 7-10 lbs range compared to the BABYBJÖRN Mini, truly making it a newborn carrier. It also feels much more supportive with the low back strap.

While both carriers feature a cross back for support, the Embrace carrier feels more supportive as it splays on the shoulders and you can easily adjust the cross back (the BABYBJÖRN you need to position the X before getting baby in or have someone help you adjust it once baby is in).

This has been the easiest baby carrier for nursing baby in. While it doesn't provide as much privacy as a baby wrap, it does provide more support. Additionally it's very easy to adjust baby to the boob and back.

The Ergobaby Embrace carrier comes in 6 colors, and is a polyester, rayon, spandex blend that is soft to the touch, breathable, and machine washable. I found that is also perfectly positioned baby for breastfeeding in the carrier without much adjusting.

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  • Supportive design with lumbar waist belt and spreadable cross straps
  • Super soft and cozy fabric for baby
  • Lightweight + compact: easily roll up in purse or diaper bag for travel or outings
  • Machine washable
  • Ergopromise: If you find a manufacturing or material defect, Ergobaby will replace your carrier or part at no charge
  • Easiest carrier I've found to nurse in
  • For newborns and babies from 7 to 25 lbs, so it may not last as long as some of the others on this list
  • No hood cover for sun protection

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For Plus Size Moms: Tula Baby Carrier

With six positions and a large weight support from seven to 45 pounds, this Tula Baby Carrier is a great pick that can grow with your child from the newborn stage all the way to age four if need be. You also get a removable mesh hood which provides sun protection or privacy while nursing. 

There’s also mesh in the main panel, ensuring plenty of breathability for your baby. And if you dislike structured carriers that feel bulky, you’ll like that this one has a smaller profile, yet with a waistband that grows from 27 to 57″ for both petite and plus size moms.

  • Wider weight support range from 7 to 45lbs
  • Less bulky than traditional structured carriers
  • Mesh panel for enhanced breathability 
  • Lumbar support must be purchased separately

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How To Choose The Best Baby Carrier For Breastfeeding Moms:

It's easy to get overwhelmed by all the baby carrier options out there but they are saviors for moms in so many ways! They encourage skin to skin bonding, calm fussy babies, promote better sleep, and let mom go hands-free for a bit to get things done around the house or out and about.

If you plan to nurse in a baby carrier, it requires a few extra things to think about and test out in finding your perfect fit.

Keep in mind, many moms opt for more than just one carrier.


There are a few different styles of baby carriers. Each has benefits and drawbacks depending on what works for you. The most common styles you’ll find as you shop for a carrier include: 

  • Structured Carrier: This is probably what comes to mind when you think babywearing. They feature a mix of buckles and straps typically with an adjustable padded hip belt and shoulder straps, offering good support for your back and shoulders. These usually work for babies from newborn to toddler stages with multiple positions. However they tend to be a little bulkier and warmer than some other options.
  • Wrap Carrier: A baby wrap is a one size fits all, long piece of fabric you tie around your body. While learning to tie a baby wrap can feel intimidating at first, once you get the hang of it, it's pretty easy and does offer shoulder and cross back support, as well as a little low back support depending on where you tie it off. They come in a wide variety of materials, making them ideal for keep baby and you comfortable in hot or cold climates. With that said, there is a subgroup of pre-done wrap carriers that go off your t-shirt size and are NOT one size fits all. These basically eliminate the need to tie anything, and just slip over your head like a shirt, making them an easy learning curve.
  • Mei Tai: A happy medium between buckled and wrap carriers that still features a more structured sitting area for baby but features long sashes to tie around the wearer’s back. However, this pick offers less privacy and may need to be paired with a nursing cover. 
  • Ring Sling: A ring sling baby carrier is a long piece of fabric with a circular ring that it loops into. They are considered easier to use than a wrap carrier and give you the option to wear baby on your chest, hip, or back. These can be easier to adjust while wearing baby compared to a wrap carrier.

The American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) strongly recommends safe babywearing for soothing, bonding, and nurturing baby's development. 1 Just keep hip positioning, your babies ability to breathe, and their heat levels in mind.

When it comes to baby wearing safety is a #1 priority. You'll want to first check the carriers supported weight range. Next, we highly recommend watching a tutorial video to ensure you've adjusted all the straps, buckles, or ties correctly. You should feel secure and supported. If you feel any discomfort at all, stop baby wearing and speak with a healthcare professional.

In addition, in the early postpartum days we suggest speaking with your healthcare provider or seeing a physical therapist to ensure you're engaging the proper muscles. During those early weeks and months, you still have a ton of hormones like relaxin floating through your body, which is still unstable from pregnancy and giving birth. Improper babywearing can increase your odds of a prolapsed pelvic organ.

Once you feel comfortable you'll want to double check a few things to make sure your baby is safely positioned too. Their legs should NOT be straight down. Instead you want their hips sprawled out like they are hugging you and creating an M formation.

Lastly, you want to ensure you are only wearing baby in a position that's appropriate for their age, weight, and height of the carrier. For instance, do not put a newborn on your back! Make sure their necks are supported until they've mastered neck control.

For added safety, we suggest bringing your baby and baby carrier to a pediatric chiropractor trained in the Webster method to assess babies position while nursing in the baby carrier.


If you have a history of back pain you may appreciate a supportive low back strap.

And in my personal opinion, thanks to technology and everyone always looking down out their phones and not at your new baby, you'll want good shoulder support too. Look for a baby carrier where the shoulder straps cross in an X at the back between the shoulder blades. You may also like shoulder straps that splay out, covering the entire shoulder, instead of just running straight up like a tank top.


This will be unique to you, so definitely try on a few different styles. Some people prefer more padding a structured carrier offers, others prefer the blanket like hug of a baby wrap.

You'll also want to consider material of the baby carrier and climate. Choose something that's breathable and apprioriate for the types of weather you deal with regularly.

Ease of Use

It’s normal to experience a slight learning curve if this is your first time trying to use a baby carrier. But ideally, you’ll want to look for a style that you can easily manage by yourself. Additionally, if more than one person will be using the carrier, ensure that it can be easily adjusted to provide a secure fit — no matter who’s wearing it.


Even though most states have laws that protect the rights of breastfeeding mothers in public, you might prefer a little privacy while feeding your baby. So, if you’re not comfortable with the chances of being exposed, look for baby carriers that offer more coverage. However, keep in mind that you can always pair your favorite baby carrier with a nursing cover if you prefer.


Baby carriers can range from anywhere between $40 to $200. Like we mentioned earlier, many women opt to have more than one baby carrier as well, so keep that in mind when planning your baby registry or future budget.


You'll want something that will last for at least your babies first year, but ideally beyond that and for future kids (whether you choose to have them or hand down your baby carrier to a friend). Most established brands are designed from durable materials and offer warranties or customer satisfaction guarantees.


Especially if you're breastfeeding, things can get messy from time to time. Choose a baby carrier that you can easily clean if your baby spits up while out and is machine washable for when you get home. The last thing you want is to add handwashing a baby carrier to your already too long to-do list as a mom!

Best Baby Carriers To Nurse In

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FAQS About Baby Carriers For Breastfeeding Moms

When to start using a baby carrier:

Most baby carriers are designed to be used even with newborns. However, always be sure to follow manufacturer guidelines for approved positions that are safe for newborns and whether or not an infant insert is required.

In most cases, brands will recommend that your baby should be at least seven pounds before putting them in a baby carrier. 

If you are breastfeeding in a baby carrier, you may need to provide additional support with at least one hand for smaller infants, until your baby is able to get themselves into a position to nurse safely and comfortably in the baby carrier.

Can you wear your baby too much?

While you technically can’t wear a baby too much, the reality is that your body and your baby will tell you if it’s too much.

In the first months postpartum, but especially the first few weeks, it's important to not overdo it. Your body is depleted in minerals and nutrients from giving birth, and you still have loads of hormones pumping through your body, especially when breastfeeding. Baby carrying is AMAZING, but during those first few weeks and months you're more prone to injury as well as a pelvic organic prolapse if baby wearing too much for your body. So it's REALLY important to listen to your body and slow down!

If you’re experiencing back pain, you might want to reduce the total amount of time you spend wearing your bundle of joy. 

Likewise, if your baby feels too warm or begins to fuss, that’s a good sign that they need a break from being in their carrier. 

Can I wear baby all day?

If you want to and are strong enough to, there’s nothing wrong with wearing your baby all day.

Especially in the newborn stage, having your baby close by can be a lot easier than running back and forth through the house every time they cry. Even the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) notes that you can’t spoil an infant by holding them too much. 

Just be mindful of any additional back or shoulder pain or discomfort in your pelvic region. We suggest seeing a physical therapist specializing in women's health (specifically the pelvic floor) while pregnant and even postpartum so your core and stability are working properly and you can baby wear all day with the best foundation possible.

Are baby slings safe for newborns?

Yes, but there’s a caveat. You need to remember that newborns lack neck control, which means that you can’t leave them in positions (known as C positions) where their necks are bent. 

Along with ensuring that you’ve configured the sling in the approved position for newborns, you want to ensure that fabric isn’t covering their faces.

Avoid bending at the waist as this can force your baby into the C position. Bend at the knees and support your baby as you bend. 

Which baby carriers are best for newborns?

As long as the carrier can be configured into a position that provides neck support for your newborn and positions their hips safely, you can use it. This can include buckle carriers, wrap carriers, Tei Mais, and Ring Slings. 

Our personal favorite for newborns are the wrap carriers (specifically this one!) followed by semi structured carriers like this one; but it is a personal preference for you and baby!

Which is better: baby wrap or carrier?

As far as a breastfeeding baby carrier, I prefer a semi structured carrier like this one or a baby wrap.

Semi-structured carriers provide support that wraps lack, but are easier to adjust than a truly structured carrier.

Baby wraps are lightweight and can easily fit in a diaper bag. They allow you to maneuver baby with ease for nursing in them, or you can leave the wrap on, take baby out, and use the shoulder strap for privacy if nursing in public, without having to cover your baby with a blanket. Furthermore, they work great as swaddle blankets in a pinch or burp cloths when needed!

You can nurse in structured baby carriers too, but in our experience there's a bit more of a learning curve and they take a bit more adjusting.

Ultimately, it's whichever version you prefer. It's most important to make sure you and baby are comfortable, secure, and safely positioned.

Can you breastfeed with a baby sling?

Yes, you can breastfeeding in a baby sling. In fact, it's one of the easiest breastfeeding baby carrier styles in our experience since it most similarly mimics a laid back nursing position or cradle hold.

In addition, you can adjust the cloth for privacy. 

Can you breastfeed with a baby wrap?

Yes you can nurse in a baby wrap. You'll just want to be mindful of babies hip positioning and both of your overall comfort, security, and support.

At first, you will likely feel more comfortable keeping at least one hand on baby while nursing in this type of baby carrier and slowly practicing walking at the same time as nursing before moving to hands free nursing in a baby carrier.

Can you breastfeed in a baby carrier?

Yes, structured baby carriers can be worn to breastfeed. They are the easiest carrier for hands free nursing and walking at the same time as they provide the most structured support. However they have the biggest learning curve in our experience.

How do you breastfeed in a baby carrier?

Breastfeeding in a baby carrier may take a few tries to find a position that works best for you, but it can be done. It’s best to test out positions and carriers at home, when baby is well rested and happy before trying it when you’re on the go.  

Begin by positioning your baby so that they’re facing your chest. But be sure that they can still breathe comfortably! Soft carriers may make it easier for you to adjust your baby lower as needed so that they’re in the right position. You'll also want either a soft carrier or a little give where their head is so they can unlatch if needed – you don't want them pressed to hard against your boob!

Adjust + be patient!

You’ll most likely need to adjust your breast by hand so that your baby can reach it and begin to latch. So, it’s a good idea to wear nursing clothes or tops with stretchy necklines that allow for easy access — especially when you have limited working space. 

Some carriers may need you to unbuckle or loosen a strap on the side where you plan to feed. Once they’ve successfully latched, you can tighten the straps on a buckle carrier to provide a secure hold while they’re nursing.

Depending on the baby carrier you selected, you may want a nursing cover to give you a bit of privacy while your baby nurses.  

After they’re done nursing, you can use your hand to remove your breast, adjust clothing as needed, and reposition them and your baby carrier.

Final Thoughts on breastfeeding carriers:

Baby carriers are so essential as you adjust to life as a mom. They help calm fussy babies, extend naps, and can even give you a little time back if you learn nurse in a baby carrier.

Especially if you want to breastfeed on the go, a good carrier gives you access to nurse while also providing a bit of privacy.

Which baby carrier is best for breastfeeding?

The best baby carrier for breastfeeding in is the ErgoBaby Embrace semi-structured carrier. While it lacks privacy of a baby wrap, it is the most secure hold with the easiest adjustment.

The best baby carrier wrap in our experience is the Solly Baby Wrap. It's SO lightweight and breathable to ensure baby is comfortable and limit the likelihood of overheating. It also is stretchy – yet not too stretchy- giving baby both support and the ability to move as needed while nursing.

Our favorite structured baby carrier for breastfeeding is either one of the newborn carriers (this one if you do not have a history of back pain and this one if you do) or either the Lillebaby Original 6-in-1 Baby Carrier or the ErgoBaby Omni 360 All Position Baby Carrier. The newborn carriers won't last as long as the latter two options, but they are way less bulky and much easier to put on and get started baby wearing if you're new to it!

Breastfeeding in a sling: Benefits and how to do it safely | Baby

We know how beneficial baby wearing is for both you and baby. All that skin-to-skin bonding time is excellent for boosting our oxytocin and encouraging long-lasting breastfeeding.

If you like to keep your baby close and cosy in a sling or baby carrier, you might have considered how to breastfeed in a sling, and how easy it is. Breastfeeding in a sling allows you to quickly get baby in the position to feed anytime they need to while allowing you to carry on with your day.

Many popular baby carriers and slings advertise that they can be used for breastfeeding, but getting you and baby in the right position to feed can often be tricky.

To help you find the right position for you and help you get into the swing of breastfeeding in a sling, we've put together some useful tips and advice with a video to show you how.

Benefits of breastfeeding in a sling

As mums, we know that settling down in a cosy quiet spot to feed isn't always as easy as it sounds. Especially if you have a toddler running around too! Feeding on the go using a sling is great for busy mums who are feeding on demand, as it allows your baby to find boob and allows you to multitask. If you're out in public, slings can also provide some privacy for your boobs too, which many mums feel is an added bonus.

Another benefit is the bonding experience. Having your baby nice and close to you is so beneficial for maintaining your close bond and boosting your oxytocin. In some cases, it can also help baby achieve a better latch too, so it can be excellent for feeding.

Baby safety when breastfeeding in a sling

First and foremost, ensuring the airways are clear and that breathing is not obstructed is the most important thing when it comes to carrying baby in a sling for feeding. As baby's breathe through their nose for the first few months of life, and breathe through their nose when feeding, it's essential that their nose is free to breathe.

We'd also recommend following the TICKS guidelines for safe baby wearing.

Once they're done feeding, we'd recommend putting them back in their usual baby wearing position if you're still wanting to carry them.

How to breastfeed in a sling

There are two main positions you can use for breastfeeding in a sling; sat up and vertically laid down. Finding the right position can be tricky, and the right position really does depend on the size of your baby and your body shape.

If you're already using a sling, you'll know what feels normal and secure for carrying. When it comes to positioning your sling for feeding, you might need to put the initial wrap a little lower so that it's around your hips. It may also take a few attempts to tie the sling to the right level of tightness, as it will need to be a little loser so that your baby's mouth is within easy reaching distance of your boob.

It can be very tricky to get the hang of, and we understand, the easiest way to learn how is to watch, so here are a few helpful video tutorials for different positions.

Newborn or laying down position

Sitting up position for older babies

Finding the right sling for breastfeeding

If you're keen to try feeding in a sling, always check with the manufacture of the sling before purchasing as some recommend you don't feed in their slings.

You can find a list of all our recommended Mother&Baby award winning slings, voted for by real mums here.

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Breastfeeding in a sling

Today there is no consensus about feeding a baby in a sling. Moms and sling consultants disagree on this issue. Someone doubts the safety of this moment, and someone wonders how you can not understand something. After all, everything is so simple. To better understand, we suggest considering a few important points and mastering such a wonderful process safely and conveniently for you and your baby.

Priority and paramount in compliance with safety precautions when breastfeeding in a sling and wearing in general, is the comfort of both mother and child. Each mother herself chooses a comfortable position for feeding the baby. Some women refuse breastfeeding precisely because they fail to master this skill. But, of course, it is clear that not every position is suitable for feeding in a sling. Indeed, some mothers prefer to feed only lying down and do not want to master other positions. In this case, the sling is unlikely to be useful. nine0003

But if you do decide to master the positions suitable for breastfeeding in a sling, then our tips will help you do it right and enjoy this process to the fullest.

Positions that are suitable for both feeding in a sling and for placing a child in it:

1) the most common position is the cradle. Each mother herself chooses the angle of inclination of the child that is convenient for her. The main point to consider in this position is the support of the baby's head. And sometimes, even using a sling, it is still better to secure the child with your hand; nine0003

2) front feeding in a sling. This technique, as it were, follows from the existing practice, when immediately after childbirth and in the first months of a child's life, the baby is breastfed, using his innate reflexes, lying on his mother's stomach. If the mother has not mastered this feeding technique, then the frontal feeding position in the sling can cause some difficulties. When winding, you need to take into account the correct height so that the child does not have difficulties at the time of attachment to the breast. As a rule, in this position, the child takes the breast, resting his cheek on the mother's mammary gland itself. Sometimes the baby needs to be moved a little to the side or lowered down. It should be noted that since the child in this position in the sling is not in a lying position, it is necessary to ensure proper head support. And also correctly and evenly distribute the fabric of the sling on the back of the baby, especially in the first months of life; nine0003

3) When the baby can sit up and crawl on its own, many mothers learn feeding positions with the baby sitting on her hip or standing up. In a sling, it is quite easy to repeat this position by wrapping the baby on the thigh. But, again, it's easy to learn if a mother without a sling uses this feeding technique. Otherwise, the process can be complicated.

Safety rules for breastfeeding in a sling

Now let's take a closer look rules for the safety of breastfeeding in a sling. Since the sling is a soft fabric carrier, it does not form the position of the baby, but, when used correctly, it maintains the position in which you place the baby. Often, in order to feed a baby in a sling, you need to slightly loosen the winding and at the same time do not forget about supporting the baby's head and avoiding its excessive tipping.

So, the first and most important safety rule is proper support for the child's head, using a tight tension of the sling fabric and safety by hand if the winding needs to be loosened. Make sure that the body of the baby does not bend, and the head does not throw back too much.

After the baby has found a comfortable position and kissed the breast, tighten the winding again. This will lighten the load on your back. If the winding is loose initially, it can cause discomfort in the mother's back, as well as a strong effect on the pelvic floor. That is, if we consider this process step by step, it will look like this - loosening the winding for comfortable attachment to the chest, fixing the position with some tension on the sling and returning the winding to its original form. nine0003

There are windings (cross over the pocket) that do not provide for the baby's head to be open, which in turn deprives the mother of the view. It is sometimes possible to provide an overview using harnesses and lapels. If this type of winding suits you, then you can simply look for information on how to make it safe. Do not use a nursing sling unless you are confident that you can control your baby's breathing with a specific wrap.

Choose the right outerwear when you decide to wear horizontally and breastfeed. It is important not to completely cover the baby's face with the elements of your clothing or the sling fabric. If you are using a sling, remember to have a good viewing angle when breastfeeding, as most slings are not meant to be breastfed when properly buttoned up. nine0003

In conclusion, we note that for better control over the feeding process, competent loosening and tensioning of the sling winding, it is better not to do this on the go. You can sit on a bench, or just stop for a while.

Enjoy feeding your baby in a sling! Detailed instructions on how to breastfeed in a sling can be found here

How to breastfeed in a sling?

Today's mothers are increasingly opting for on-demand breastfeeding. The baby is applied to the breast quite often. Moreover, each baby develops a certain mode of sucking. 5-10 minutes is enough for one child, and half an hour is not enough for another. nine0003

How to be a mother of a slow child who eats for a long time?

A sling comes to the rescue! With it, you can feed the baby for a long time, while the hands will remain free. Mom will always be able to rock the child, calm him down if he starts to act up.

You can feed in a sling both at home and during a walk, and even in public places. The process will go unnoticed.

It is also important that wearing a baby in a sling will improve breastfeeding. Direct contact with the baby stimulates milk production. The baby can breastfeed as much as needed. In a sling, he will be as calm as possible. nine0003

1. Horizontal feeding

From birth it is more convenient to feed horizontally in a sling with rings. The child is located in the "cradle", as in the arms of the mother. Also, newborns, as a rule, have enough attachment to one breast, that is, the mother does not have to change the sling and shift the baby in order to give the baby a second breast during one feeding.

The youngest often fall asleep when they are barely satisfied. In this case, it is very easy to transfer the baby from the sling to the crib by slightly loosening the rings. Slings are really comfortable to use. You can feed the baby, soothe him, shift. nine0003

2. Upright feeding

From 3-4 months, when the baby holds his head confidently, it is comfortable to feed him in an upright position, in a sling scarf. In this case, you can apply the baby alternately to both breasts, practically without changing the position in the sling, which is very convenient, since by this age the baby is not always enough one breast at a time. The use of a sling scarf as a carrier will make a long walk comfortable. nine0003

There are two ways to breastfeed in an upright position in a sling:

  • Mom initially wraps lower than usual . An approximate landmark is the child's cheek lying on the chest. In this case, it will not be difficult for the child to find the mother's nipple. At the same time, it should be borne in mind that with such a (lower) position of the child, the load on the mother’s back increases, therefore, with heavy and large children, this is not always convenient.
  • Mother carries baby as usual, "forehead kissing distance" and for feeding loosens knot and lowers the child in the winding to the required height. After feeding, the sling panels are tightened and the child returns to its original place.

Detailed step-by-step instructions for feeding your baby while wearing a sling can be found here.

3. Special clothes and linen for feeding

Special clothes and linen several times increase the comfort of feeding the baby in a sling.

When the sling is worn over a nursing top or dress, the baby's mother does not have to tangle in the folds of the fabric to feel and remove the breast. Carefully thought-out secrets of feeding (hidden slits, turn-down neck - envelope, double top, etc.) make access to the breast quick and convenient. It is especially important that feeding a child remains an intimate process. Sling allows you to literally hide from others. You don't have to worry about the baby either. He won't be uncomfortable. nine0003

Nursing bra makes nursing in a sling even more discreet. The shape of such a bra is specially designed taking into account the structural features of the breasts of nursing mothers. The underwire used in some models is made of a material that is more flexible than in ordinary underwear, or is absent altogether.

Take care of your child's comfort! Choose a sling, suitable underwear and comfortable clothes. Now you can spend much more time with your child than before.

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