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post #21 of 45

The bosom buddy nursing pillow looks like it could work.

 

I had something similar to the utterly yours breast pillow and it was great! I also had to use the football hold with DS and with the breast pillow I could actually use a craddle hold and nurse with one hand free. 

 

Oh I had a gauze wrap it was made my Wrapsody (used to be called Gypsy mama) and it was lovely in the summer. I gave it to a friend as a baby gift but I wish I still had it.

post #22 of 45

I had a Boppy with my first. I liked it, but it was "broken," like the person who had it before me had used it so much the stuffing kind of came apart in the middle, which was great because it stretched around me better. I had a My Brest Friend with my second, but I found that time I didn't like having a pillow at all. I preferred just sitting on my couch with a bunch of pillows stacked up on my side. I don't know what will suit me the third time around.

post #23 of 45

This is off-topic from the wraps/pillows discussion, but for those of you who used the football hold, could you still nurse while lying down in bed, or did you need to sit up? I have a feeling that I may be a football hold mama and we're trying to figure out our bed/cosleeping options. If I need to sit up in bed during the night, I'm going to need something comfortable to lean on vs just the wall (we're thinking of putting the mattress on the floor). 

post #24 of 45

I had to sit up every time.  It meant I got very little sleep for 9 months.  I highly encourage figuring out another way.  I had to sit up because we were using a supplementer, and I couldn't sleep nurse with it anyway, I had to be up to hold it in place, and it just didn't work well lying down.  But if you're having difficulty with nursing lying down, I highly suggest contacting an IBCLC or a LLL leader to get some help working it out. 

post #25 of 45

I had to sit up for the first 3 mons or so because I just couldn't figure out how to nurse lying down. Then I went to visit my friend who is a midwife and i was telling her how I couldn't nurse lying down and so she took me up to the bed with DS and I showed her how I was trying to do it. She repositioned DS for me and I got it! I had him way to high and kinda parallel to me and what I needed to do was put him lower and angle him out a bit. This was one of the best things that anyone helped me with in mothering! I will forever be grateful to her as I was able to nurse DS while lying down and fall back to sleep! I was a much happier mama after that. As DS got older he would just find my boob and latch on and I wouldn't even wake up and he wouldn't either.

 

So I also suggest having your midwife, LLL leader, or a Breastfeeding consultant help you with positioning while lying down ASAP! 

post #26 of 45

Just found some babywearing pictures of when DS was little and thought i would share so you could see a bigger mama babywearing. Please excuse some of my clothes as some were when we were camping :)

 

Front Wrap Cross Carry with DS head tucked in as he was sleeping. This is with my lovely Storch wrap

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Just for fun! My 7 year old niece in a Back Wrap Cross Carry

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An example of a bigger dada wearing DS in a babyhawk Mei Tai

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DH wearing DS in a back carry in the BabyHawk

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DS in a Back Wrap Cross Carry in my Storch (ignore the messy kitchen)

 

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Me wearing the BabyHawk

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Sorry the pics are so big. I will find some more withe my gauze wrap and my shorter Storch and my ring slings if people would like.

post #27 of 45

Thanks ladies! My birth center midwives are supposed to be good about helping you with breastfeeding so hopefully they will be able to show me what to do before I go home or at the home visit a couple days later. 

post #28 of 45

Butterfly, thanks so much for the pics! It's great to see these for reference and inspiration!

 

post #29 of 45

Butterfly - how long is your Storch?  I tried a woven this weekend at the BWing meeting.  I put DS in a back rucksack tied Tibetan, and the 4.6 was JUST long enough to tie.  I'm thinking for the back cross it wouldn't have been long enough at all.  For the toddler, the rucksack was fine, but for a younger baby, I think I'd prefer something a bit more supportive, and the 4.6 just didn't feel like it had enough length.  So I'm debating between the 5 and the 6 (although leaning towards the 6). 

post #30 of 45

Thanks. The Storch in the pictures is a 5.2m one and when I wash it I hang it to dry so it will not shrink. I also have a 4.6 (I think it may be a 4.1) but can only use that one for Kangaroo carry, hip carry and a rucksack. If you are only getting one wrap I suggest getting the 5.2 as it is most versatile.

post #31 of 45
On the pillow note - I was given a second hand Boppy and I did use it for a little while, but it never fit around me properly. I actually used it most for helping DS learn to sit up smile.gif I much rpefer just to use pillow(s) to help position for nursing.

On the side lying note, it is my absolute favorite nursing position! Kayden was able to nurse cradle hold on one boob but could only do the other side in football hold. But he can nurse either side while side lying, and it's actually been the easiest positionf ro him from very early on. It definitely is MUCH easier to learn if you have someone else to help you the first time or two!

I tried on an Ergo baby carrier this past week while I was away. It actually fit me quite comfortably, but the body of the carrier was just too short for Kayden. It only came up to about mid shoulder for him. He's 6 months, 23.2 lbs and 28.9 inches long. It offered no head/neck support to him at all, and he's only going to get bigger!, so I decided not to get it. I ordered the Boba carrier instead. I was holding off because I hoped the Ergo could work (I couldn't get anywhere to try the Boba on so I knew I'd have to order it online). But the Boba has a much longer body, so at least I know Kayden will have some neck support for a little while longer smile.gif
post #32 of 45
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Originally Posted by LivingSky View Post

I tried on an Ergo baby carrier this past week while I was away. It actually fit me quite comfortably, but the body of the carrier was just too short for Kayden. It only came up to about mid shoulder for him. He's 6 months, 23.2 lbs and 28.9 inches long. It offered no head/neck support to him at all, and he's only going to get bigger!, so I decided not to get it. I ordered the Boba carrier instead. I was holding off because I hoped the Ergo could work (I couldn't get anywhere to try the Boba on so I knew I'd have to order it online). But the Boba has a much longer body, so at least I know Kayden will have some neck support for a little while longer smile.gif


The Ergo is quite short-bodied.  I was able to compare it side-by-side with the Boba last weekend, and the difference was very interesting. 

 

The Ergo absolutely would not work for me though.  I tried just putting it on in a front carry position (no baby), and the shoulder straps were just in the wrong place for me, and there was no room left in the carrier to put a baby.  I know I have really wide shoulders, but I'm really glad now I never bought one for DH like I had planned to, since his are just as wide as mine. 

 

 

post #33 of 45
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Originally Posted by cristeen View Post



The Ergo is quite short-bodied.  I was able to compare it side-by-side with the Boba last weekend, and the difference was very interesting. 

The Ergo absolutely would not work for me though.  I tried just putting it on in a front carry position (no baby), and the shoulder straps were just in the wrong place for me, and there was no room left in the carrier to put a baby.  I know I have really wide shoulders, but I'm really glad now I never bought one for DH like I had planned to, since his are just as wide as mine. 


cristeen, did you try on the Boba? Did the shoulders fit you better?
post #34 of 45
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cristeen, did you try on the Boba? Did the shoulders fit you better?


I didn't try it on, actually.  I was just helping out the person running the meeting, since I was the only experienced BWer and she had a LOT of mamas with infants that day.  I was showing another mom the difference between SSCs and MTs. 

 

post #35 of 45

With my first I used a homemade ring sling for the first few weeks.  After that I used a Moby, which I like, but it was really only good for around the house or walking outside.  I couldn't put it on and drive anywhere because I didn't have enough fabric left over to tie it in front and the knot bothered my back, and I didn't like trying to tie it on in parking lots and such where it dragged on the ground.  I also had an Ergo with waist extender, which I loved for front carries but never felt comfortable for back carries. 

 

I bought a Beco for the next one.  I wanted to try out a back carry with my older daughter but she would not have any of it.  I haven't worn her in probably fourteen months, basically since she could walk.  After she could walk that's all she wanted to do, haha!

post #36 of 45

For me with both of my children, they learned to side nurse somewhere between one month and three months. It's sort of a cooperative effort; it took me a while to figure out how to position myself, and then the baby has to do her part by staying latched on (because for me it isn't worth it to be lying down if I have to re-latch every minute or two). In the end it was extremely effective with both! I would definitely try multiple positions and re-try them at various stages. With my first daughter I could nurse her lying down OR lying on the boppy until she was about 9 months. I dreaded NIP because I didn't bring my boppy with me and I felt so uncomfortable, and I'm sure she was frustrated, too! We eventually overcame it but I still depended on that pillow for a long time. My second, I didn't even end up using a nursing pillow. I used couch pillows occasionally but could go without just as easily, especially as she got older.

 

As for the body length of the Ergo, the lack of neck support didn't really bother me since I don't start using the Ergo until about 7+ months. Both of my kids, if they don't feel like sitting up and looking around, have comfortably rested their head on my chest or back while being carried, just as they would if they were in arms and not in a carrier.

post #37 of 45
My Boba arrived! I wore Kayden in it for about an hour and it seemed really comfy. I do think it will be a bit better once DH is home and can adjust it a bit for me, but even self adjusted it was great. Once DH is home I'm going to try our very first back carry smile.gif

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post #38 of 45

Hey Livingsky, are you still liking your boba? It's the 3G? Do you think you would've used it from newborn on?

 

 

post #39 of 45
boots - yep, loving it! I use it pretty much whenever we leave the house. I really wish I'd had it earlier on - I didn't wear Kayden much at the start and now, while he likes being worn, he doesn't fall asleep in the carrier the way many other babes do. I think if I'd worn him a lot earlier, he would have. I know the Boba can be adjusted to work for a newborn without buying anything else (some of the other SSCs have an infant add on you have to buy) but I haven't tried it. One of the ladies in my DDC has used the Boba from the very start though and she loves it too. I'll definitely try it early when we get around to having #2 smile.gif

Oh, and DH has used the Boba now a few times and it fits him well too, which is great. He's 6'2 and on the heavy side of things as well and it was still comfy for him.
post #40 of 45

We love our Boba as does 3 year old ds. Dh is 6'4'' and super slim and it works great for him (to wear) too.

 
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