Tips for Breastfeeding in Public
Breastfeeding in public can be nerve wracking for first time moms, or even 6th time moms. Whether you cover up or not, it can be stressful if it’s your first time. Over the years, I’ve begun to care less and less about what people think if I need to feed my baby in public.
I found these stats online and it actually surprised me:
“Six out of 10 women who breastfeed take steps to hide it in public and a third feel embarrassed or uncomfortable nursing outside the home, a survey has found.”
Women shouldn’t have to feel this way. But unfortunately they do, and some ultimately stop breastfeeding because of that.
Well if you’re a pregnant mama, or a new mom, or a 6th time mom and you’re nervous about breastfeeding your baby in public, here are some tips and ideas to help you out!
Tips for breastfeeding in Public
- Get a nursing cover: I use coveredgoods and have been since my 2nd child wasn’t born. When he was born, I was really self conscious about breastfeeding in public, and this cover seriously made it possible! It also doubles as a car seat cover!
- Know where your nursing rooms are located: if you go to a mall, most of them have a designated nursing room! Or if you’re in a store with fitting rooms, just go in a fitting room!
- Try nursing your babe before you go out, or in the car: I’ve done a lot of car nursing sessions. Basically if we arrive to our destination and I know my baby will be hungry in less than an hour, I’ll just top him off in the car and hope he’s okay for the duration of our trip.
- Bring snacks and water: if your little one is old enough for snacks, bring them! I was always able to feed my boys snacks when we were out so they wouldn’t want to nurse, until we make it back to the car. ( for my list of best sippy cups, click here)
- Wear nursing friendly shirts/ dresses: You won’t believe how much easier breastfeeding in public is, when you have an outfit that makes accessing your breasts easier. I love PinkBlush because they have such a wide selection of breastfeeding friendly dresses! Today we went to church, and I wore this fun little number from PinkBlush, and paired it with my Coveredgoods, and I was able to breastfeed him in public without anyone noticing!
I didn’t take any pictures in church while nursing him because we were in church, but believe me no one would’ve even noticed!
I hope these tips help you out, and you’re able to confidently feed your baby in public. Remember you are giving your little one the best possible milk, so ignore the stares and glares, and feed your baby!!
The dress was provided by PinkBlush | As always all opinions are 100% my own.