There are many women who are intimidated by the thought of breastfeeding in public. They get nervous or self conscious because of the opinions (largely presumed perceptions) of others. This thought not only prevents new moms from feeding their little babies when out, it also kills their confidence to do what they desire. Breast feeding is the most natural thing in the world. Just like any adult has the right to eat out, your baby too should be allowed to feed outside. Every nursing mother must therefore feel absolutely comfortable nursing their baby in public places. When it is fine to expose breasts on the beach or pool, then the act of a new mom pulling her shirt up to nurse her baby shouldn’t be looked down with scorn! It’s absolutely a mom’s prerogative where she wants to feed her baby or whether she should cover up or not – no one else should tell her otherwise. For the mothers who want to nurse their infants as and when required, we have listed 6 modest ways mothers can breastfeed babies in a public place.
Yes, there will be people out there who would not be willing to understand why you may have to breastfeed your child in public, but do not pay any heed to them. Please do not feel that you need to sit in the public toilet and nurse. You will not eat sitting on a toilet seat, so please do not force you babe to do so too. Keep it clean always. If at all you need more privacy, find solace in the backseat of your car.
If you think your breastfeeding in the public will make you or people around uncomfortable, you can use a cover to hide the baby when he has begun nursing. If you are feeding a bigger baby, she will not like to be covered and will throw the cover off anyway. But you can use a nursing cover or a blanket as cover. If it is hot outside, you can use a very light piece of fabric. Make sure when you are covering the babe she is not getting uncomfortable in any way. If she is then avoid taking a cover.
Clothes you wear can make or mar your experience of having to breastfeed in public place. Choosing the right outfit that makes it easy for you and the babe is very important. You can either choose to wear two piece outfits or two layers of stretchy tops. You can pull the top layer up and can pull the top layer down to expose the breast for the bubs to latch onto without exposing anything else. You can also wear nursing tank tops with built-in bras. With tanks you just have to fasten the nursing top and feed the child without exposing the breast or tummy.
First thing before you get down to breastfeeding in public is to find a place where you can sit comfortably and nurse. Try and go out with someone, having a partner along can – one, create a more private space for you, two, converse with you so you are not in a panic state.
As a mother you need to get one thing straight, you are doing nothing wrong by feeding your child in public. It is not about you breastfeeding in public, it’s about your baby’s privilege to nurse anywhere anytime when she is hungry. Just like an adult can dine in any restaurant when hungry, a baby has the right to ask mom to nurse whenever or wherever it wants.
You can be scared if it’s right or wrong, but don’t show it off, simply because it is completely natural and there are no restrictions to where you can feed your child. Plus, being calm and comfortable will never let anyone know that you are breastfeeding. A crying child or your discomfort can draw attraction to you. Thus be at utmost ease and treat it completely natural thing irrespective of how people see you.