Babywearing is a liberating tool in so many ways for parents, enabling them to keep their baby close whilst going about their daily lives – not to mention family adventures. As baby grows older, one of the most liberating aspects of babywearing for mothers is how it can facilitate breastfeeding on the move.
This is possible in a range of carriers (check out Rosie Knowles’s excellent article for advice on how to do it safely), but many mums find the Connecta to be particularly easily adaptable for this purpose – as the comments we have received from our lovely Facebook followers confirm.
Ivey says “The Connecta is by far my favourite to feed in of all my slings”, and shared this lovely pic of her breastfeeding on Princes Street in Edinburgh.
Being out and about shopping seems to be a favourite time to take advantage of the magical breastfeeding capabilities of the Connecta – particularly in Ikea! Sarah says “Feeding my son in a connecta saved me from disaster when doing an epic shop in Ikea with my two month old and two year old. At least I was able to quickly stop the little one from having a meltdown!”.
Pavlina agrees, saying “Breastfeeding and babywearing is the best combo ever! Last time I did it was on Sunday at IKEA store in Cardiff. While ordering a bed!”
And Liz shared this gorgeous picture taken whilst shopping in Meadowhall:
You just have to love that mum’s eye view! And whilst Mum gets to look down at those adorable big eyes, one of the benefits of feeding in a Connecta is that often other people walk by none the wiser about what is going on.
Kamila says “Connecta is my life saver when it comes to feeding. I love that it’s so discreet – no one can see a thing. People don’t even know what we are up to.”
That is definitely confirmed by Michelle who shared this fab picture from their travels, saying “Can’t see a thing but he’s happily nursing and napping in there!”
Juste agrees, saying it’s “so easy and discreet”.
And Caz says she has “lost count of the number of times I’ve popped my son in the toddler Connecta to feed so I can continue running a sling library session. And no one ever really notices he is feeding.”
There are many ways you can make breastfeeding in the Connecta work for you, just be sure that baby’s breathing is not obstructed and you have a clear view of them at all times. You will need to wait until your baby has good enough head control too – and when the time is right make sure you’re wearing something appropriate!
Sarah shared this pic of her first time feeding in a carrier, saying “it was easier than I imagined! Helped by having an easy access top on too!”
The feeling of satisfaction when you get it right should not be underestimated. We loved this post from Tammy who described it as “one of my winning at life Connecta moments”:
The levelling up of multitasking skills once number two comes along is summed up nicely by Shell, who says: “I used to do the school run with my baby feeding in the connecta most of the time both ways – all while pushing my toddler in the pram.”
It seems that much as we love the quiet bonding breastfeeding can bring, there is a lot to be said for not being tied to the sofa when it comes to feeding time – especially if you opt for extended breastfeeding.
Ultimately, as Jade so aptly puts it, “We love alfresco boobing”.
Thank you to everyone who shared their pics. We would love to hear about your experiences of breastfeeding in the Connecta – and if you have any questions about how to make it work for you then please feel free to ask!