This #breastfeedingcelebrationweek we thought we would shine the spotlight on feeding in the Caboo
There are quite a few factors which can impact a woman’s chances of success with breastfeeding. Although some are beyond our control, there are some that are accessible and have been show to positively influence your chances. Like early and regular contact between Mum and her newborn. The World Health Organization readily says this helps babies survive and thrive. Routine carrying from birth for a few hours a day is an easy way to achieve this and could also help increase your chances of successful breastfeeding too, by allowing early awareness of feeding cues, limiting distractions providing support on the go and helping you to produce more of that wonderful hormone oxytocin (often referred to as the cuddle hormone) needed for letdown.😊
Many good soft carriers offer Mum the ability to feed with a high degree of privacy, giving them lots of freedom while nursing. Not all Mums find they can nurse hands-free but a properly adjusted carrier used correctly in a seated position can still help take the weight off baby, reduce arm strain and allow a Mum more freedom of movement while feeding little one.
The lovely Pip from @midwife_pip is expecting her little boy in a couple of months’ time and already has her Caboo carrier on hand and ready…for her a newborn carrier is an essential part of the new Mum armory for lots of reasons, here is what she said about contact and feeding…
‘It is no secret that skin to skin contact and closeness with your newborn baby can help support a more successful breastfeeding journey. Having your baby close to you often means they are calmer and more content allowing you to feel more relaxed and less stressed about breastfeeding. This is a winning combination to help get your natural oxytocin flowing and it is this hormone that supports bonding with your little one. A convenient way to achieve this is to think about incorporating a baby carrier into your motherhood journey. These can be used for everyday tasks, make the postpartum a little simpler and YES can help your breastfeeding journey too!’
We know juggling is a pre-requisite for Mums, and never more so when you have a newborn and others little ones all needing your time and emotional support. We ask new and busy Mums Ash, Lauren and Claire (both Mums to four) why early carrying and particularly feeding in the carrier has been a complete life saver for them during the fourth trimester.
Don’t just take our word for it…
Claire Mum to four @tinytortle
‘With this being baby # 4, I haven't had the luxury of sitting on the sofa for hours on end during marathon feeding sessions. In fact, I'm lucky if I get sitting down at all!
Feeding in the sling has been a necessity on a daily basis, and the Caboo has made it a breeze! Simply loosen the wrap slightly, lower baby down making sure that the back of babies’ head isn’t covered and tighten it back up again. 🤩
I've fed him while folding the laundry, while cooking dinner, even while walking around the zoo!! Plus you can use the seated feeding position for a little extra support and discretion making it so flexible and easy as a BF Mum!! 🙌’
Lauren Mum to four @bringing.up.the.brosnans
‘Babywearing has been and still is this time round a huge part of parenting for me. I'd even go as far as to say that my caboo is an absolute essential! I simply couldn't parent without it.
Life with 4 kids under the age of 6 is pretty full on to say the least. Babywearing means that I can always respond to my baby's needs while making sure I can do everything for my older children too. It means I can breastfeed on the go and still get things done around the house, or pop out for a walk instead of spending the day on the sofa while she cluster feeds. I always say I'm never fully dressed without my caboo!
It has definately been a bit of a safety net for me during the 4th trimester with each baby. It's such a lovely, gentle way for them to transition from womb to world. Matilda pretty much lives in the sling and I wouldn't have it any other way!’.