When we talk about the benefits of using a Mei Tai sling, we’ve often mentioned the fact that you can breastfeed your baby while wearing one. Not only does this help you and your baby to build an even closer bond, but it will also mean that you have your hands free to get on with other tasks or hobbies while your baby feeds. It’s also ideal for feeding when out and about, perhaps on a walk, while the sling itself will give you a lot of privacy (Especially the version with the hood).

Like with most aspects of breastfeeding, using a Mei Tai to feed can take a little bit of getting used to. You might be able to just lift your breast to your baby, but if this proves difficult or your baby is sat too high then there is a way that you can adjust your sling without having to take it off first.

  • Start by loosening the shoulder straps of your Mei Tai while you hold on to your baby securely. Let your baby move down your body until they are low enough to comfortably breastfeed.
  • Let your baby latch on then, when they are happily feeding, tighten and then re-tie the shoulder straps so that your baby is held in that position.

You can tie the sling so that it’s angled to one side, keeping your baby in a reclined position, if this is better for both of you. You may also choose to support your baby’s head with one arm, at least at first.
  • Once your baby has finished feeding, untie the shoulder straps. Then, while holding your baby securely again, pull the straps until they are in the correct position and re-tie the shoulder straps.

As with any new Mei Tai technique, it helps if you practice on a doll first, or at least have someone on hand to help you support your baby. It also helps to bear in mind that it may take a little while for your baby to get used to feeding in a sling, even if they are used to feeding and being carried in a sling separately. It’s worth sticking with, though!

If you regularly breastfeed your child while carrying them in a sling, we’d love you to get in touch to share your experiences and tips! Or, if you have any questions, send them our way and we’ll do our best to answer them! Simply leave a comment below or chat to us on Facebook, Twitter or Google+!

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