You may find that you want to loosen your sling somewhat to create some space in your HAVA. Whenever you need to loosen the tension of your sling, simply lift up the lower ring while supporting your baby. Always hold on to your baby while doing this. After loosening your sling, reach inside your sling to prepare your breast for feeding. With that hand inside the sling, grasp your baby’s head and shoulder area and turn them toward you, tummy-to-tummy, and latch them onto your breast. With your baby supported, tighten the fabric by pulling on the tail (label or below). This should fully support your baby at the breast so that you can be hands-free. To tighten the top rail for support or for discreetness, "bubble" the top rail.
Another great breastfeeding position in your HAVA is the clutch or football hold. This position is perfect for nursing during the first couple of months. In this position, you will place your baby in the sling with their head in front of your breast and their legs curled beneath your arm on that same side. Your arm supports your baby, with your opposite arm free to help your baby latch on. The clutch hold is a great position for a mother who has had a Cesarean birth, as it keeps the baby away from the incision. It is also helpful for the mother who has a strong milk let down, because the baby can handle the flow more easily in the clutch hold.