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We are sure not many of you know, that Nikita, me, Founder of Klingaru, is a big breastfeeding supporter and volunteer. I corun a local support group focusing on Breastfeeding support for new moms.

My first born who is almost 5 years was breastfed for around 3 years and we are going strong with our second born who will be completing one year in November. Sharing a piece I wrote couple of years back about Nursing in Public.

This can definitely be beneficial for all the new mothers who spend time on our website, as always for any support you need even in Breastfeeding please feel free to get in touch.

I am keeping this post dedicated to Nursing in Public i.e NIP. Most of us aware about how important Breastfeeding is for our babies, barring few cases where it turns out to be actually difficult or need medical intervention, Breastfeeding is as natural for women as it can be.

I have read quite a lot, is a part of this amazing support group (link with a little description in the end), and is now adamant to keep breastfeeding Bunny as long as possible or till he self weans. As this post is not actually about Breastfeeding, I will just write one line about it, which struck me like lightening while i was consuming all the information about Breastfeeding. Breastmilk is something that your body naturally produces for your baby, don’t underestimate its value and go for unnatural options like formulas or cows milk which is primarily for calves.

For most situations there is always a way around less supply, flat nipples, latching problems and the list goes on. For most unwarranted suggestions – tumhara doodh kafi nahi hai, fir woh kabhi nahi chodega, uska pet nahi bharta, formula peene se baccha ratbhar sota hai (read her why and why its not the best solution ) , just play deaf ear and do your own research and follow what your own motherly instincts say. Moms and MIls are not wrong if they suggest starting formula as formula was marketed more than ever when they were new mothers.

Okay so coming back to NIP, nursing in public is an extension to your commitment to breastfeed your baby, its about comfortably and confidently nursing your baby when outside your home without any inhibitions. Babies need to be fed on demand and not on schedule so practicing NIPing is a boon for new moms who wouldn’t like to be confined in four walls of home or run to car/feeding room every time they are out.

For me a lot of things work in favor, first our life requires movement, we cant even confine ourselves to our home even when we want to.

Second amazing breastfeeding and nursing relationship with Bunny from day one. Doctor teaching me how to nurse lying down which turned out to be a boon in initial breastfeeding journey.

Support from both TBH and family to feed Bunny when need be, irrespective of where we are. Though my MIL was feeding formula as suggested to her by her doc that time, and asking me to start as well, and me gently saying No every time.

And more importantly landing into the Breastfeeding Support Group for Indian moms, exactly at the time when i started doubted my supply at around 4 months of feeding Bunny. Its a support group that is closely monitored with right kinda advise and directions.

Earlier I was feeding him only in car, changing rooms, feeding rooms, when we were out. But once we were in a very busy Mcdonalds, and Bunny was hungry. There was not even a single corner seat available or a decent place to feed him. And my MIL was like yahi feed karlo, whats the big deal, i wasn’t sure how, I went to whatever place I could find to sit, made her stand behind me with a shawl and fed Bunny,  that was first and then there has been no looking back. I have fed him in restaurants, in trains, airports, flights, gardens, taxis, food courts, theatres and where not.

NIPing doesn’t necessarily mean exposing, you can be as discreet as you want to. The whole point is making your breastfeeding journey a part of your regular life, the more you do it, the more normal it becomes for you and other fellow moms. Irony is because we have means and options we rather go for bottle feed or formula rather than choosing the most natural option.

What works

– Practicing at home, finding what cloths work for you. Do it in front of mirror so that you know how comfortable you are with how you look, how much exposing or not you are doing. Two t method like below is great tool if you wear western cloths like me. Kurtas with slit are also great option so as loose ts/shirts.

– See what type of bras work for you. I have hated all the nursing bras i have bought, its too much of trouble, regular bras or the sports bra (without any hooks) is working great for me from past few months.

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– For the initial few times use a regular scarf or a nursing one if you wish to.

– Being confident when you do it, babies catches your feelings very fast, so if you are unsure more likely they will be a lot fussy than usual.

– Talking it with husband/partner and bringing him on board. Very very important, nothing gives you more confident than a supportive partner.

– Being unbothered if you expose a little, it really doesn’t matter.

– Keeping in mind that’s its not shameful in anyway, in fact you should be so proud of yourself for taking this step.

– Getting hang of NIPing is a boon when traveling with, teething baby or when the baby is hurt or in unknown surroundings.

– Always give a reassuring smile if you pass by another Bfing mom.

 

Step by step instructions to become a NIP pro !!!

Specially for moms among us who feel quite overwhelming when we suggest them to just go out in the open and nurse in public.

Disclaimer: to be read in a light hearted manner only.

1. Become a feeding pro. Practice. Practice. Practice feeding your baby in both different sitting and lying down positions. Specially in the first couple of weeks because that time we have relatively less opportunities, strength and will to venture out. And the frequency at which the baby feeds during those initial few weeks only helps us to get the hang of it.

2. Gradually, when it’s the feeding time, stop asking people to move out of your room or go out in a separate room just to feed the baby. That would really help you to shed your inhibitions, also you will learn to be discreet in your approach. The best time to learn the much talked about two t method or basically figure out which type of nursing friendly cloths work for you. And check if nursing covers are for you. I have seen most babies not liking it including mine.

3. Bring the partner/family/ caregiver on the same page. Talk it out that you wouldn’t stop going out or modify your plans around baby’s feeding time. Say you would be nursing in public when time comes. Awkward spouses are more difficult to handle than a hungry baby.

4. Now when you finally start moving out, the first couple of times you can start by asking to use the feeding room facility of some baby stores/ malls or changing rooms of other stores or even the corner seat in a restaurant. IMO even mentioning that you need to feed the baby right here, is like coming a step closer.

5. Now within no time you will master the art of nursing in public. And then there is no looking back. I have nursed in really busy restaurants, airports, trains, theatres, right in front of friends and family, in the flight, alone in a taxi and where not.

Breastfeeding shouldn’t hinder your normal functioning of life like roaming around, traveling or socializing. Also not being able to nurse in public shouldn’t be reason to start formula or alternatives before it’s the right time. And that’s why not only we need to master NIP but also do our bit to normalize it.

This post can’t end without thanking these awesomely managed support groups who helped so many like me in shedding inhibitions and helped in taking informed decisions for our babies.

Link to group – https://www.facebook.com/groups/breastfeedingsupportforindianmoms/

Images Source – www.google.com

Leaving you with a pic of NIPing in a HRC,  when he was around 9 months. Hope this helps, please free to directly get in touch with me if you wish, join the group above for a much guided approach.

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You love travelling but scared to travel with your baby? Have doubts on your parenting skills while travelling? Not sure how you are going to carry your baby all day long if you are going to a distant place or on hiking?

Do not worry, we are here to clear your doubts and give you tips on how you can enjoy travelling with your baby. One of the most practical and helpful is using a babycarrier while traveling. You may be wondering how to ensure a pleasant trip for all and curtail some of your anxiety, and we’re going to share some of the BEST tips and tricks for those of you who find traveling with little ones over the summer and winter seasons to aid your journey!

Here are some strategies for making travel with your baby a success:-

  • Light Packing – A Klingaru baby carrier easily folds and fits compactly in your bag and can be quickly adjusted to comfortably hold your baby!
  • Klingaru Baby Carriers are ergonomically designed, an ergonomic position allows for longer comfortable carrying which is most important while travelling.
  • Prints and designs are what matter as a fashion statement that goes you’re your style while travelling. Klingaru Baby Carriers in pretty print you love at such an economical range!
  • A back carrier can make carrying a larger child more comfortable for long periods which is supported by all Klingaru Carriers. It makes it easier to walk on uneven path.
  • Travel is more relaxing when you have your baby close to you.
  • With baby in a Klingaru Baby Carrier, you can multi-task as both your hands are free!
  • Its easier for the little ones too when they cling to their parents, they can take sights.
  • Children cannot manage on their own while flying international and other tourist destinations. So they have to be carried along which is easier through Klingaru Baby Carriers.
  • Often without a car while traveling, a Klingaru Baby Carrier can help make using public transport easy!
  • Managing through Airports- When traveling through airports, the toughest task can be figuring out how to carry and stow everything while you make your way through security and to your gate. Wearing your baby is the easiest option while doing the security check in.

    Image courtesy: LÍLLÉbaby pinterest

We know that some parents and/or kids are just not into baby wearing. That is totally fine! We always advocate doing what feels comfortable for your family.

Buy Klingaru Carriers here – https://klingaru.com/product-category/carriers/

Long wait for 9 months, sleepless nights, uncomfortable routines and triumphing over the fear with labor, nature’s most painful infliction on women; all is worth it when you hold your bundle of joy for the first time. The inseparable part of your soul needs immense care, tender touch and cuddling warmth all the time while feeding, to sleep peacefully or feel joyous while playing or hugging you. Choosing a baby wearing accessory is a tough call for the new parents as well, with so many option available online. Therefore, Klingaru Baby Carriers have been curated keeping in mind the needs of new parents.

Klingaru Baby Carriers are for all little ones who love to Cling onto their very own Kangaroos (as the name signifies). Babywearing has been proven to be beneficial for both parents and the babies. It enables parents do a lot of regular chores which might be difficult while caring for the baby constantly. On the other hand, it helps baby’s development, keeps them happy as they are closer to caregivers, helps in maintaining breastfeeding relationship and the list is endless.

Ways To Carry In Klingaru Baby Carriers:-

A front carrier consists of two shoulder straps that support a fabric seat. The carrier – and therefore your baby – is worn very close to your chest. At first, your newborn will face inward, toward you.

Front Carrying Instructions – Klingaru Baby Carriers

Once your baby has good head control and can sit up, usually around 5 to 6 months, you can turn him outward to look at the world. Some front carriers can also be worn on your back, which will be more comfortable for you when your child’s heavier – and will give your child a great view.

A front-carrier is most suitable after 5-6 months, therefore it may feel too big and bulky for your newborn sometimes.

Klingaru SSCs:-

Most carriers only have a few color options, but the Klingaru has endless prints and patterns and offers many of them at an economical price — making them a bit of a status symbol among some moms. Made of 100% cotton, these can be used for a front and back carry, but only with the child facing the parent. Check out: https://www.klingaru.com/product/klingaru-carrier-midnight-garden/

Their Free-to-Grow model eliminates the need for an infant insert and has weight limits of 4 to 15 kgs., so it’s a good option if you want to use one carrier for the long haul. A hood keeps baby’s head supported during naptime, as well as protects them from the sun and wind. What’s more: it can help you go incognito while breastfeeding.

New prints are introduced all the time, so you’re bound to find something to suit your personality. If you’re okay with your baby getting the option to parent-face and want something super easy to use, this might be the choice for you.

What to look for when buying

Sometimes, using a carrier comes naturally. Sometimes it takes practice. Remembering these ABC’s can help you achieve a safe and satisfying fit for you and your child.

  • A: Airway
  • B: Body Positioning
  • C: Comfort

Airway – Ensure baby’s airway stays open by keeping chin off chest, and allow fresh air to circulate around baby’s face. Keep child close enough to kiss and in view at all times.

Body Positioning – The carrier should support baby in a way that is appropriate to his/her level of neck and trunk control and prevents slumping, ideally with babies knees higher than bum and weight borne by thighs and bottom

Comfort – The carrier should be comfortable for you and your baby.  Klingaru Carriers lets them hold their little ones in a natural carry position and let them enjoy hands free parenting.

 Other Features in a Carrier

Easy to use: You’ll need to be able to take it on and off and get your baby in and out without help. Some structured carriers are designed to unbuckle easily so you can move your sleeping baby into a crib or stroller without waking him, just like Klingaru’s.

Weather-appropriate: Some carriers may be too warm for the dog days of summer. Darker colors really heat up. If you’ll be carrying your baby in hot weather, choose one that’s made of lighter fabric.

Easy to clean: Kids are messy, so it helps to have a machine-washable carrier. All Klingaru Carriers are machine-washable.

Cost: Klingaru Baby Carriers are for those parents who have been looking for a budget friendly yet being completely safe and stylish, ergonomic baby carrier. These are for Rs. 3150 each, comes in beautiful and trendy prints.

We, at Klingaru focus on bringing the curative and quirky designs catering the needs of new age parents. Our approach is redefining simplicity with an Indian twist.

We aspire sustainability, hence we bring to you handmade designs. Klingaru uses natural materials and traditional craftsmanship and emphasizes on sourcing elements locally with fair pricing. This choice makes our products (baby clothing- kurta, dresses, shirts, jackets, baby carriers and more) comfortable, beautiful and unique, in and out. Visit www.klingaru.com for our exclusive collection.

Handmade products have its own charm and the prints are custom made. It has its own benefits as:-

·         Traditional touch

·         Unique

·         Creates job , benefits local craftsman and businesses

·         Environment friendly

·         Trendy

Hand-crafted products have brought revolutionary change in India as consumers have now begun to understand its importance, from clothing to furniture- people love to buy them all. These products are more genuine because of the labor and time spent in making them.

Handmade products are usually available at specialty shops or local stores in specific geographical area which has its specific reach. However, Klingaru being an online store, has huge customer reach and ships worldwide. Klingaru offers Baby Carriers too. www.klingaru.com/product-category/carriers/

Handmade itself translates to quality (at affordable prices), and a whole lot of love! By choosing handmade products you support a true artist that loves what he does. You can be a proud parent, knowing that you are supporting small businesses. We want you to standout from the crowd and feel handmade!