Does the thought of breastfeeding in public make you nervous, intimidated, or self-conscious?
If so, you are not alone.
Many women deal with fears and anxieties related to the opinions of others (and assumed perceptions of the opinion of others) in relation to breastfeeding in public.
It not only prevents them from feeding their sweet babes on-the-go, it robs them of their confidence to do what they desire.
But the reality is adults eat out… So is there any reason our babies shouldn’t be “allowed” to as well?
If you’ve been hesitant about public breastfeeding (and you desire to), I hope these simple tips will help you find some confidence.
10 easy tips for how to breastfeed in public:
1. Be informed.
In countries like the US and Australia, it is illegal to be discriminated against for breastfeeding in public. Know your rights – a knowledgable woman is a more confident woman.
2. Practice at home.
3. Wear something easy to breastfeed in.
4. Use a nursing cover or a blanket.
5. Start in a non-threatening place.
6. Stay OUT of the toilet stall.
7. Take a deep breath and relax.
8. If people stare at you, smile back at them.
9. If you still get nervous, look at your baby.
10. Try using a sling.
Breastfeeding is something to be proud of (if that’s the choice you’ve made and your body allows), and learning how to breastfeed in public will be freeing for you if you give it a chance.
P.S. I’m a big advocate for breastfeeding… but I don’t have my head in the sand either. I realize that not every woman who desires to is able to breastfeed. There are many things that can factor into whether or not it will work like we hope for it to. And just like I’m a member of the Moms Who Give Birth Club, I’m also a member of the Moms Who Feed Their Babies Club. There’s no judging here… as long as we’re all feeding our babies. Ok, glad we’ve got that straight.