I was planning on getting a baby k'tan, but I read a comment that said they are difficult to breastfeed with. Is this true? Any recommendations that might be better for breastfeeding? I've heard lots of good things about ring slings?
Which carriers are best for breastfeeding?
The only sling I ever used for DS was a ring sling and it worked very well for us, breastfeeding was pretty easy to do with him in the sling - at least when he was still little. For my DD I used a Moby wrap and I liked it way better because she was so snuggly wrapped into place that I could pop her on the breast and use both hands for other tasks while she breastfed. Including shopping at Walmart, like in this picture haha.
I've never been a fan of ring slings or wraps. I'm only 4ft10in and ring slings just have too much of a tail for me, and I could never adjust them right. I found the moby quite hot, and although I love my Gypsy Mama Bali Breeze, it's still so much fabric and takes more time to put on.
DD1 liked to stay latched on all.day.long. She nursed in slings plenty for her first 18months or so. As a tiny one, I loved pouches. I could put her in a cradle hold and latch her on. I'd wear the double layer nursing shirts so I could pull the top layer up to the level of the sling and still be covered below the sling. DD2 preferred a more upright position in a pouch that was not nursing friendly, but she was pretty content to just be against me anyway. As my babies get bigger (though neither one of them was ever really big), I prefer a two shoulder carrier. DD1 nursed plenty in a Mei Tai. I'd wear her a bit low, pull my top down, and latch her on. By then she was big enough to help too. With DD2 I had an x-sling that we could also nurse in by pulling my top down.
I have a 4th generation Beco, which both DH and I have used TONS for both kids. DH still wears DD2 (newly 3) in it several times a week at least. I remember wearing DD2 in a pouch while DH wore DD1 in the Beco. I prefer it for back carries, but I've used it for front carries too. I've never found it to be great for nursing, but it's very easy to use, very comfortable, and works well into toddlerhood. I've seriously considered getting a second SSC on many occassions.
I've found ring slings and woven wraps to be best for breastfeeding. With a woven, I found if I FCC'd (Front Cross Carry) I could easily lower her down a bit, nurse, then raise her back up to the proper height without having to unwrap and retie. Same with a ring sling. I'd just loosen the rings, lower her down, then tighten it back up once she was finished. DD was quite happy nursing upright, so I never did master nursing in a cradle carry.
I have to agree, especially with bigger boobs, Slings and Wraps worked best for us. Like Carlin, i'd lower baby a bit, latch one and then when done, bring 'em back up to the right height.
Then we moved to Mei Tais and I can nurse in those too, but only when baby was bigger and could/would nurse upright.
We love our moby's here. Sometimes I'd just wrap one on and leave it for a while, like a t-shirt, and call it good. that way I would have have to take it on and off a lot, especially when going out.
Ascher- can you hook up with a babywearing group in your area? that way you can fondle their carriers, try 'em out, ask questions about heat and whatnot?
I found the ergo by far the easiest! I could nurse everywhere, walking around, even on public transportation and both baby and i had the privacy we needed. I can't wait to pull out that ergo again!! I only have an adjustable hotsling otherwise, and i don't actually remember if i ever nursed her in that. I'd love one of the wraps you are all suggesting, for my newborn.
I can't recall anymore. I doubt it. Sometimes I had to make a conscious effort to stand up straight. (dh is a chiro and would remind me).
The sling has been DS's fav. carrier. Even know, if for some reason he wants to ride (highly doubtful, he's 5) he would ask for a sling.
I tried to make sure the fabric was spread across my back and baby was as centered and snug as could be.