Top 5 Best Baby Carriers for Breastfeeding (2022 Review)

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If you have a baby, you already know that changing, bathing and especially feeding happen on demand. Breastfeeding babies nurse on average 7-19 times during the day alone!

It’s not always convenient to stop what you’re doing and feed your infant if you’re out and about, but if you use a baby carrier designed to let him access food, it’s a much easier task.

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Our Top Picks

Below is a summary of the top picks from our BabySchooling.com team. Each pick as the key findings as well as "badges" to help you understand where each pick fell in our ranking. "Best Overall" is a combination of price and value. "Best Budget" is great for parents who want a top quality product but are on a tighter budget. "High End" is for parents who just want the best, and price is no object.

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Baby Wrap Ergo Carrier Sling

Soft, breathable cotton/spandex fabric

Provides privacy while nursing

Adjusts to fit babies from “preemie” up to 35 lbs.

Bable Baby Carrier Hip Seat

Adjustable straps to accommodate plus-sized Moms

Breathable mesh back to avoid over-heating

Your baby can face inward or outward

Black Baby Sling Carrier Wrap by Cozitot

Machine-washable

A variety of sizes and colours to choose from

Safe for nursing newborns

Reviews of Each Pick

Below are our detailed reviews of each product. Each product included in this review is reviewed by our team of parenting experts. Parents with 1,000s of hours testing and working with products to help you pick the best one for your specific situation.

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Baby Wrap Ergo Carrier Sling

Pros

Machine washable

Fabric is cotton/spandex and retains its shape

Cons

No pockets or compartments for keys, wipes, etc.

Shoulder “straps” can get twisted

Requires practice to tie and use

A universal wrap-style carrier that allows you to cuddle babies up to 35 lbs. While it takes some practice to tie to your body, this soft, stretchy length of fabric allows you to wear your baby inward or outward facing (for older babies). Extra fabric and no buckles mean that the Baby Wrap is perfect for nursing Moms who want to feel a bit more covered when out in public.

Bable Baby Carrier Hip Seat

Pros

Adjustable straps to accommodate plus-sized Moms

Breathable mesh back to avoid over-heating

Your baby can face inward or outward

Cons

There’s no infant insert, so this carrier isn’t ideal for newborns

Not as compact as other structured carriers

This structured convertible carrier has so many great features for breastfeeding Moms it won a CBMC (Canada Business Model Competition) Design Award. This “Swiss-Army” carrier has a breastfeeding cover, cotton bib, bottle holder and phone pocket. An ergonomic waist belt alleviates stomach and back strain, and a special hood gives nursing Moms some privacy.

Black Baby Sling Carrier Wrap by Cozitot

Pros

Machine-washable

A variety of sizes and colours to choose from

Safe for nursing newborns

Cons

Material is thick and can hold heat to your body

Can be complicated to wrap

Another wrap-style baby carrier. This one promises not to sag or stretch out - in fact, Cozitot offers a 100% money-back guarantee. More width and length in the fabric means that all a Mom has to do is pull up the front of the wrap for privacy when breastfeeding. Sizes are available from XS to XXL, and it can wrap whatever you’re comfortable carrying - up to 35 lbs!

4 in 1 Baby Wrap Carrier and Ring Sling by Kids N' Such

Pros

Includes instructions (with photos)

Machine-washable

Hassle-free return policy and lifetime guarantee

Cons

Smaller Moms report that there’s “too much extra fabric”

Requires practice to perfect wrapping

It’s a wrap, a ring sling and a postpartum belly belt. This carrier is structurally versatile and allows your baby full access to you for nursing - perfect for breastfeeding on demand.

Soft, stretchy and machine-washable, this sling/wrap accommodates even the tiniest newborn.

Baby K’tan Original Baby Carrier

Pros

A “double loop” design that’s easier to use than traditional wraps

Accommodates babies at every age and every stage

Accredited by the International Hip Dysplasia Institute as a “hip-healthy” carrier

Cons

Women with larger busts might find the structure uncomfortable

A truly hands-free experience. The Baby K’tan’s fabric structure supports your infant’s neck and head, while the double-loop design evenly distributes weight across your back and shoulders. This award-winning “no-wrap” wrap is available in a multitude of sizes for every Mom and is designed to enhance and promote breastfeeding with every iteration (sling, wrap, etc.) and position (hip, hug, reclined, etc.)

Buying & Use Guide

What Are Baby Carriers for Breastfeeding?

While all baby carriers are designed to hold your baby to your body, baby carriers for breastfeeding have support structures to give your baby access to your breast for nursing. They tend to be soft, flexible carriers that allow for more movement or positional adjustment than, say, a firmer pack-style carrier.

It’s also important to understand how babies nurse at different stages of development. For example, a newborn feeds best in a reclining position, so a sling-type carrier would support your baby while giving him full access to food. Once he’s older and his neck is strong enough to support his head, the carrier should adjust to encourage upright feeding and allow his legs to dangle freely.

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What Are The Different Types Of Baby Carriers For Breastfeeding?

All front-facing baby carriers hold your baby directly against you, so structurally most of them should give your baby access to your breast. As this post suggests, some are better-equipped to facilitate feeding than others.

When looking at baby carriers for breastfeeding, you should always read product descriptions carefully. You want to ensure that you’re buying the appropriate carrier for your baby’s age, weight and size, as these factors will affect your comfort and whether or not your baby gets the most out of the baby wearing experience.

Sling

Also called a “ring sling”, these carriers are a great way to get started with babywearing and breastfeeding. Completely adjustable, they allow your baby to nurse in recline, then adjust to an upright position for digestion. 

Wrap

As the name suggests, a wrap is a long piece of fabric that wraps around you and your baby. The extra fabric is great for covering your baby’s head while he nurses, while offering you more privacy.

Structured Carrier

These carriers can have buckles, fasteners or ties (i.e. the Mei Tei)

The best thing you can do, in addition to wearing a baby carrier that allows you to nurse, is to wear a top that’s comfortable and allows access to you. Trying to untie or unharness a baby carrier while you bunch your shirt up is neither productive (literally) or comfortable.

Best Baby Carriers for Breastfeeding

What Makes Baby Carriers For Breastfeeding Different From Other Baby Carriers?

Based on our research, baby carriers that allow Moms to breastfeed don’t differ too much from other front-facing baby carriers. Nursing while wearing your baby is a matter of necessity and personal comfort. The key is to find a baby carrier that can adjust to different feeding positions based on the age and size of your baby.

Shape

Baby carriers used for breastfeeding have a softer, less rigid structure, which is key for feeding in multiple positions. Babies, especially infants or newborns, must be able to lie down to nurse, switch sides, then re-adjust to an upright position to alleviate gas and encourage digestion.

Coverage

Matters of coverage and privacy are no one’s concern but yours. When you’re in public, where and how you breastfeed your baby are completely up to you. Some baby carriers used for breastfeeding have “nursing covers” or have extra fabric to cover your baby’s head, which might alleviate any discomfort. Keep in mind though, some babies don’t like being covered while nursing.

Fabric

Who would want to eat inside a burlap sack? Baby’s skin can be irritated by hard fabrics such as canvas or nylon. A baby carrier for breastfeeding should be comprised mostly of cotton. If you’re using a wrap or sling, spandex for stretch and adjusting are also key.

How Do Baby Carriers for Breastfeeding Work?

All front-facing baby carriers allow for nursing if they give your baby access to your breast. Some baby carriers are designed to hold your baby in full recline, while others are more structured and hold your baby upright.

The best carrier for breastfeeding is the one that feels comfortable on you and for your baby.

What Do You Look For In The Best Baby Carriers for Breastfeeding?

As most carriers will allow you to safely breastfeed your baby, the top concern for you will be comfort – both yours and baby’s. There are a few things to consider before making your purchase:

Baby Positioning

Newborns require a cross-legged seating position (“froggy-style”) regardless of the carrier, so consider how your baby’s body will be positioned when nursing and if the carrier you choose will allow him to switch positions. His back and torso should always be supported. Once your baby is older, you can adjust the carrier to allow his legs to hang freely.

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It’s very important that your baby have a clear air passage when nursing. Whichever style or position you choose, make sure you can see the top of his head and check him periodically while breastfeeding to make sure his nose is unobstructed.

Type of Carrier

Consider when and where you’ll be using your carrier. If you plan to wear and breastfeed your baby for long stretches of time, you will probably want a more structured carrier, as opposed to a sling that hangs across one shoulder and can cause back strain.

Do Baby Carriers Specific for Breastfeeding Actually Work?

There is substantial evidence regarding the benefits of baby-wearing, and the same reports also suggest that breastfeeding your baby while wearing him in a carrier can support better digestion. It also stands to reason that carrying out everyday tasks without worrying about where you’ll have to set up a feeding station reduces stress for you as well.

About The Author

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Review By Tamara May

Tamara is one of our may parents who contributes to BabySchooling.com. She has years of experiance with toddlers and babies. With her loving husband, she has a son and a daughter.
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