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Making Your Own Breastfeeding Necklace

Making Your Own Breastfeeding Necklace  - #nursingjewelry #baby #toddler

There are a variety of teething and breastfeeding, or nursing, necklaces available nowadays. If your little one likes to play with your shirt, your nose, or your other breast, you may want to look at a breastfeeding necklace as a way to occupy little hands. For me, it’s also a way to get my nursling to focus and calm down. She likes to play around with it and will eventually fall asleep holding it.

The Makings of a Breastfeeding Necklace

Some necklaces are wood, others crocheted, some silicone, and yet others made of food grade plastics. While there are several designs and styles on the market, if you can tie a knot, you can create your own for a fraction of the cost. The supplies can be found at your local craft store. You’ll need wide grosgrain ribbon and wooden beads. You could also use a wooden ring as the center.

Making Your Own Breastfeeding Necklace  - #nursingjewelry #baby #toddler

How to Make a Breastfeeding Necklace

I used a length of one yard which is a little on the longer side but I wanted my daughter to be able to move it around without it pulling on my neck. You can always adjust the final length at the end to suit your preference. Begin by tying a simple knot in the center of the length of ribbon. If you are choosing to use a circle in your necklace, then attach the ribbon with a lark’s head knot, then tie a knot. Next string a bead on to the ribbon and tie a knot after it. Repeat on each side with the desired number of beads.

Making Your Own Breastfeeding Necklace  - #nursingjewelry #baby #toddler

Finally, adjust the overall length then tie a finishing knot to hold the ends of the ribbon together. Use a lighter (like this one) to heal seal the edges of the ribbon so it won’t fray by quickly running the flame along the cut edge of the ribbon. Voila! The only thing left to do is let your little one try it out.

Making Your Own Breastfeeding Necklace  - #nursingjewelry #baby #toddler

Do you use a breastfeeding necklace? What do you like about it?

Michelle is a stay-at-home mother of two girls, a 3 year old and 6 month old. She currently lives in Dayton, Ohio with her husband and girls. She blogs about crafting, cooking, and life at Domesticating Michelle.


  1. This is a great idea! Something I need for my 8 month old. Her little hands like to grab, pinch, and pull. I need to put one together. Thank you for the idea!


  2. Love this! Have all the supplies and am ready to make one, but am wondering if I need to wash and/or prep the beads somehow. And can I just toss it in the wash when it gets yucky?


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