Even though breastfeeding education has come along way many mums still feel uncomfortable about breastfeeding in public due to a perception that it is unacceptable. New mums can also feel a bit self-conscious about feeding in front of others and it is one of the reasons the women stop breastfeeding early.
However with a few tips and clever tricks, breastfeeding in public is possible and no longer a reason to feel stuck at home with your baby.
It’s a wrap
A large muslin wrap, shawl or baby blanket wrapped around your shoulder and back is an easy way to give you more privacy while breastfeeding. It’s easy, portable and will keep baby nice and cosy, especially in winter.
Breastfeeding clothes – also known as nursing wear – really have come a long way and are fantastic for discreet feeding in public. With clever built-in nursing access you can quickly latch baby on without anyone noticing or having your breasts on display. Breastfeeding tops today look like the latest fashion, so they help you to look and feel good as well.
Baby Slings and carriers
Many baby slings allow you to carry your baby and also breastfeed your baby at the same time without anyone even knowing. Make sure you wear clothing that allows you easy feeding access for your baby.
Many large shopping centres and public places offer modern and comfortable parenting rooms that allow you to breastfeed your baby with privacy and a little quiet too. This can be great if you are a new mum and a bit self-conscious as a bit of space allows you to concentrate. Can also be handy if you have a toddler to manage as some have playpens to keep bigger brothers and sisters amused.
If possible try to plan ahead and give a feed just before leaving on an outing or going shopping so you can limit the number of feeds while you are out.
As you can see with a bit of practise breastfeeding in public is possible and also convenient, as you don’t have to carry or heat up bottles. With more women breastfeeding in public it will also become more socially acceptable and viewed as a normal part of mothering.