Tips for Breastfeeding in Public
When new mothers need to run errands with their baby to get shopping done, it can be near impossible to go without feeding a child while away from home for a few hours. When both the mother and the baby are used to breastfeeding, it can be difficult to avoid it when in public. Although it may seem difficult, there are plenty of options available to ensure the baby is fed with plenty of privacy.
Although breastfeeding in public is a taboo subject for many people, it is more common than many realize as mothers often prefer to use remote locations that have privacy. Many malls, shopping centers, and restaurants have sitting rooms next to the restrooms that allow mothers to breastfeed their children behind closed doors. To make the day go smoother, it helps to call establishments beforehand or plan ahead of time on where to breastfeed to have a smooth day for both the mother and baby. Making a schedule on when the baby is likely to get hungry and where the mother will be at that time will guarantee a well-fed and happy baby.
At times, it is difficult to find many places with privacy for mothers to breastfeed. Sometimes there is no other option than to breastfeed in a park or location where there are people strolling by. A nursing cover is vital to ensure proper coverage as the baby breastfeeds, providing a certain amount of privacy in public, while also respecting other people. Using a simple baby blanket also works well.
Wearing comfortable, loose clothing also helps to make it easier for breastfeeding for the baby to have more access. Avoiding clothing that is restrictive or tight will make it an easier process. There are plenty of specialty clothing sold for nursing in public, and it is now more fashionable than in prior years. Wear a top that is easy to lift from the bottom, as button-ups or strapless shirts often reveal much more skin and can expose stomachs, nipples, or breasts. Wire-free nursing bras are also available that are comfortable and unhook from the strap. Nursing tanks work well with this, as they cover the stomach and any skin showing while the mother is nursing. Plenty of colors are available, and they are worn underneath a normal blouse or shirt. Clothing of this type allows the baby to access the whole breast instead of just the nipple for more comfort and for better feeding.
To prepare for nursing in public, it helps to feed with bottles at home to get the child accustomed to not depending on breastfeeding so much. Helping the child to become flexible with both bottle feeding and breastfeeding will make it easier to feed by a bottle when it is difficult breastfeeding in public. Having this extra option will provide more options and allow for an easier day for both the mother and child.
A common problem for mothers who need to breastfeed in public is the lack of confidence. Fear of lack of privacy or feeling uncomfortable is normal for any new mother, but many can attest that this feeling often goes away and it becomes much more normal after a few months. It will naturally become easier to confidently breastfeed with people around, without feeling vulnerable or exposed.