The easiest way for parents with one arm to feed their baby is to nurse or bottle feed sitting down so that baby can either rest in your lap or on a feeding support pillow.
If you are a disabled parent with the use of only one arm, you may decide that pumping and bottle feeding or using formula is a way of making life’s daily routine that bit easier, but for some, nursing is an extremely important part of their baby’s development and an incredible way of bonding with their baby. Therefore, being able to breastfeed with the use of only one arm may be of the utmost importance to you. Below are a few ways you can make breastfeeding and bottle feeding easier one handed:
- Try Breastfeeding Lying Down: Lay your baby down on their back either on the sofa or in bed. Lay down on your side next to them, facing your baby with your strong arm free and on top. This way, baby is supported and you have your hand free to help them latch on.
- Use A Feeding Support Pillow: These are great for breastfeeding and bottle feeding. Feeding support pillows allow you to breastfeed your baby on your lap in a variety of comfortable positions so you don’t have to support their head and, again, have your hand free to help with latching.
- Use a Boppy Pillow: When bottle feeding one handed, a brilliant product to have on hand is a boppy pillow. Boppy pillows are U-shaped cushions which keep your baby’s head supported so you can use your hand to bottle feed. They can be used to bottle feed baby on your lap or on a soft surface such as their crib, pram, the sofa or the bed. An adjustable feeding pillow as mentioned above can also be a great option for bottle feeding!
- Always Use a Snugglebundl: Using the Snugglebundl makes transferring your baby from their feeding position to their pram, crib or sleeping pod a breeze because you don’t need to support their head, the Snugglebundl’s unique head support feature does it for you! Furthermore, if your baby falls asleep while nursing, lifting them up and putting them down in the Snugglebundl will ensure they carry on snoozing.
For parents with any type of disability, it can sometimes feel like you are trying to achieve the impossible, but we want to assure you that nothing is impossible when you do your research, ask for help and learn some fantastic techniques to help you with everyday baby care. There are also some fantastic products for disabled parents out there, which can help to make your life that bit easier.
Essential things to consider:
- Obtain adaptive parenting equipment: Boppy pillows and slings are not the extent of products and equipment which are priceless when it comes to disabled parenting. Speak to your midwives, health visitors or OT about the best specialised equipment for you.
- Invest in a baby bath: Baby baths will often feature head support and foam backrests, meaning you can bathe and wash your baby without having to worry about keeping their head above water.
- A Snugglebundl is a priceless product for parents in wheelchairs, one armed parents and parents with mobility issues: The Snugglebundl was designed to make lifting and laying your baby easy! Thanks to the extra strong handles and unique head support you can lift your baby with one hand and this is paramount not only for one handed parents but also a great asset for all physically disabled parents. Though the Snugglebundl is not a carrier, it takes away the stress of needing to support your baby’s head while you move them out of their car seat, pram or crib and provides the added bonus of being able to move your sleeping baby without waking!
Life isn’t always easy for parents with one arm, but by keeping the above information and tips in mind you can hopefully make life a little easier for yourself. There are some fantastic products out there for parents with disabilities helping to make one handed parenting less of a struggle.