Nursing in public and babywearing go hand-in-hand. You can nurse in virtually any kind of carrier. I’ve assembled a collection of how-to videos to make your nursing in public experience even easier. Its also great for around the house, most babies love to be worn an it can allow you to get some work done or look after older children.
Breastfeeding an Older Baby in the ERGO
I love the ERGO. I don’t think we used any other single carrier more than the ERGO. It’s super simple to use in the front or back carry. It’s easy to put on and take off. It rolls into a surprisingly small ball to put into your diaper bag. And you can use it comfortably until your child is about three. My toddler and I have clocked hundreds of miles on the trails with the ERGO and even more city miles and it never once gave me a backache. Both my husband and I have walked our fussy teething or sick baby to sleep with the ERGO and even other family members of mine have enjoyed wearing our son in it. It’s a fantastic investment. The only drawback is that it’s not that friendly to use before your baby has head control. There is an infant insert† you can purchase to use with your newborn, but we never had much luck with it. We used the wrap primarily until our son was about 3 months, and then the ERGO really got a workout.
Breastfeeding your older baby in the ERGO is really easy. I like that you can nurse in an upright position, which most older babies and toddlers prefer. I rarely used the privacy hood for anything, my son didn’t like to have it over his head, but I’ve seen women use it with great success. Either way, it’s still a great carrier for nursing in public.