As part of our “How to Breastfeed Handsfree series” which started here, Sarah takes us through breastfeeding handsfree in a mei tai.
I find Mei Tais the easiest carrier to breastfeed in, as they require very little adjustment from a normal carrying position.
All you need to do is untie the shoulder straps and lower the baby down a little until her mouth is almost level with your breast. It’s OK if she’s slightly too high – she can lean down to reach the breast and I find this better than having her dangling too low in the carrier.
Retie the straps either under her bottom or around her back, but keep them loose until you have her latched on.
To latch the baby on, I usually reach through the side of the carrier and lift my breast to her. Instead of unhooking my bra flap, I lift my breast out of the top of the bra, so that the bra helps to keep it elevated and steady if I’m walking.
Once the baby’s latched on, tie the shoulder straps tighter. I usually tie behind the baby’s back to keep her body pulled in close, which keeps her weight steady and comfortable for me, even with her lower and looser than in a normal carry.