How to carry my baby? How to breastfeed my baby? Baby Carrying and Breastfeeding Courses and Classes in London at Home for Mothers
Learn how to properly carry your baby, how to breastfeed without back pain and how to massage your baby correctly with our London based osteopath
We offer classes and courses on baby carrying at home or at our practices with our specialized mother/baby osteopath whose primary interest is the comfort and the conservation of women’s health postnatally.
She will teach you all the techniques to protect your back and improve your posture when taking care of your baby.
If you are an Axa or Bupa patient, you cannot book online. Please call our office with your authorisation number.
If you cannot find an appointment which suits you or would like a home visit, call us or send us a message: we will do our best to find you a slot.
During the baby carrying & breastfeeding classes, our osteopath will teach you:
- How to properly carry your baby in a way that protects your baby’s natural posture and physiology, in your daily life and without any assistance
- How to properly carry your baby with a scarf
- How to properly carry your baby with a baby carrier
- Which are the right positions to adopt when breastfeeding your baby
- How to properly choose your stroller
- How to properly choose a baby’s carrier which suits you
- How to properly massage your baby
- How to protect your back and your posture
Young mothers usually find it difficult to carry their babies correctly without suffering from back pain while giving a maximum comfort to their baby. Choosing a good baby’s carrier is very important in a city like London where mothers are more and more active and always on the move with their babies. Therefore, it is necessary to learn the right techniques on how to carry babies to avoid back or posture problems on a body already weakened by pregnancy.
Similarly it is very important to know what are the right positions to adopt when breastfeeding your baby in order to avoid back pain. Breastfeeding your baby is something you will be doing several times a day. If you adopt a bad position when breastfeeding, your back and your shoulders may become sore and painful and a bad posture might therefore lead to long-term chronic pain.
Our Osteopath offers one to one session at home but if YOU WANT TO SAVE MONEY and you have a friend who also want to follow the course. YOU CAN SHARE THE COST OF THE CLASS with her.
Sessions are £85 an hour for a one on one class and £100 for a groupe of 2 ( 15£ for additional mother)
We are covered by most health insurances and are Bupa recognised and axa ppp recognised
For home visit physiotherapy & osteopathy in London:
0207 125 0262 / 0782 455 3765
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Tips for choosing a baby’s carrier that suits you (London)
Despite a growing number of the latest trendy strollers in the streets of London, we have been seeing more and more mothers with baby carriers: from the simple scarf or preformed baby carrier to the mei tai or sling, there is a multitude of choices offered to parents! Yes, but what are the benefits?
The benefits of the baby carrier: Physiology and comfort of the baby and the carrier
Baby carriers have many benefits such as: comfort of baby being close to the parents, helping with thermoregulation, a correct position for a greater psychomotor development and finally the carrier can continue daily activities while keeping an eye on his offspring as both hands remain free.
How to choose a good baby carrier?
With so many different benefits and a wide variety of models, how do you choose your baby carrier? The choice is of course personal. It is for the comfort of both carrier and baby. Here are the different kinds of carrier:
Carrying scarf/wrap: for all parents wanting a carrying method respecting the physiology of baby. It can be used from birth until about 2/3 years old. Parents can wear it at the front, back or on the side. The only drawback is that it takes longer to put on and get ready.
The preformed baby carrier/baby carrier: this is a Westernized model of the scarf “backpack” version. The preformed sling can be used from birth (depending on models and brands) until about 3 years old. It provides a sense of security for parents.
The 6 key points to follow for different kinds of carrying
- The baby’s hips should be in frog-like or “M” position. The knees should be higher than the buttocks in order to respect the natural body posture and prevent hip dysplasia.
- The baby’s back should be rounded, to achieve this, favour frontal carrying until the baby is 6 months old.
- The fabric must support the baby’s head in order to avoid neck extension and this until the baby acquires sufficient muscle strength for head support (4 to 5 months old). In addition, the head and spine should remain aligned to avoid any muscle tension. Also make sure that there is enough room between the chin and the chest to avoid any respiratory problems.
- The baby’s hands should be in front of him/her against your chest, keeping arms and legs together. This promotes a sense of safety.
- The baby’s height should be just under the nose.
- The baby carrier must be adjusted to each carrier, the belt properly positioned on the lower part of your back / at the beginning of the pelvis and not under the ribs. Avoid asymmetric carrying (on the hip or sling type) in order to avoid tension in your back. A good distribution of the baby’s weight on the carrier’s shoulder/back/pelvis will ensure his/her comfort.
Elodie Bridelance, osteopath DO specialized in Paediatrics and perinatal