Breastfeeding in public

Some mothers feel uncomfortable breastfeeding in public. Did you know that you have the right to breastfeed your baby wherever and whenever your baby is hungry. There are laws that protect breastfeeding mothers. If you find it hard to breastfeed in public, you can try some of the tips below for breastfeeding discreetly.

Tips for Breastfeeding in Public:

  • Dress for (nursing) success. Give baby easier access to his or her lunch—and yourself more privacy—with two-piece outfits (no dresses, unless they have a wrap-style front or open from the front). Ideally, opt for shirts that button from the bottom up, lift up or pull to the side easily.

  • Try a cover. Use a blanket, shaw, or poncho around your shoulders to cover anything you don't want to expose in public.

  • Breastfeed your baby in a sling. A sling makes public breastfeeding extremely discreet (people will just think your baby is snoozing) and incredibly convenient.

  • Scout out nursing spots. Find an out-of-the-way table in a restaurant, a bench under a tree, a quiet corner with a roomy chair in a bookstore or a dressing room in a department store.

  • Practice breastfeeding at home with the blanket or other covering techniques if you plan to use them so that you and your baby are comfortable breastfeeding that way.

  • Ask for special accommodations. Many public places, including large stores, shopping malls, airports and even amusement parks, now offer special nursing rooms complete with comfy chairs and changing tables.

  • Feed before the frenzy. Don't let your baby get so hungry that he or starts to fuss and cry. It's much easier to nurse discreetly if you're both calm.

  • Know your nursing rights. And feel good about exercising them.


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