BREASTFEEDING IN ISARA
“The newborn has only three demands. They are warmth in the arms of its mother, food from her breasts, and security in the knowledge of her presence. Breastfeeding satisfies all three.”
― Grantly Dick-Read
…I would add babywearing to the quote above.
Breastfeeding and babywearing were two of the most cherished and important aspects of my parenthood with both children. I have been breastfeeding for almost 6 years now (with a short pause of six months, while I was pregnant) and babywearing for the same period.
Though many would tend to separate them and consider them as one at a time action, they actually match very well. Breastfeeding while babywearing is not only possible, but quite indicated, especially when the baby needs to be nurtured and still has to be carried. It allows the mother to continue whatever she was doing and feeding the little one at the same time.
Each ISARA carrier enables breastfeeding by simply making the right adjustments.
The soft structured carriers need some buckle adjusting to find the optimal position. In the case of a small baby, the shoulder strap and the one in the middle of the panel can be released, thus the carrier gaining more room and the baby can get lower in the carrier and reach his mothers` breast. For a taller baby, the same straps need to be released, plus the seat belt can be extended and lowered enabling the child to latch on. This video may be helpful. 🙂
Breastfeeding in an ISARA ring sling is made easy by pulling the fabric through the rings so that the pouch is larger and the baby finds a deeper seat, with the head at the same level as the breast.
When in a woven wrap, the same larger pouch needs to be obtained, but for this, the wrap needs to have its knot undone so that the fabric allows more space for the baby to reach to the source of his milk. 🙂
Remember to always re-adjust the carrier to the initial position after the breastfeeding is over.
Once again, motherhood has proved its superpowers, enabling mothers to deal with multiple activities simultaneously and successfully. It is times like these that make me realize just how grateful I am for having such simple tools to care for my children no matter the circumstances.