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Tips For Breastfeeding in Public

 

Most mothers know that breastfeeding is the most natural and healthy option for their baby. The problem is that nowadays mothers need to work, shop, take their other children places, and do a thousand other things; it’s hard to always be in a private area when your baby is hungry. Social norms make many women feel wrong feeding their children in public areas, but don’t let this stop you. There are several steps you can take to be discrete about feeding your child. You should also not let people stop you from doing what’s best for your children.

You have every right to breast feed in public. In fact, many areas have
laws protecting breastfeeding mothers. However, you should take steps to respect the wishes of others and be discrete. Since many places haven’t yet set aside areas for private breast feeding, you may have to be creative. Here are some tips for discrete feeding:

• Wear clothing designed for breast feeding. While they make special clothing just for this purpose, or you can improvise or modify clothes yourself.

• If possible, find a secluded area. If you can find a spare chair, that’s great. A spare dressing room or hidden corner is even better. If you are in a restaurant, you can ask to be seated in a confined area or simply be seated near a wall and face your back to the crowd. If you can’t find anywhere else, you can always head to your car if you have one.

• Use a cover. While many women use a baby blanket, you can be even more discrete by wearing a jacket or large shawl to cover your baby.

• Practice. While it may seem silly, the best way to learn to breastfeed your child in public is to practice in front of a mirror while feeding at home. Try different positions and different coverings. This will help you know which positions are the best for feeding without showing too much.

• Ask for somewhere private. If you need to breastfeed at work, it’s not unreasonable to ask for somewhere to do it. Many employers would rather you feed in a break room or secluded area rather than in the middle of the office. You can also look into laws in your area related to workplace
breastfeeding.


While it’s normal to want to be respectful of other people, you do have rights. There are certain things you should never do.

• Never feed your baby in a restroom stall. Outer sitting areas in
restrooms are fine. They are generally more comfortable for you and your baby; however, the actual restroom is not. Bathrooms are dirty and usually have an unpleasant smell. Adults don’t have to eat in restroom stalls; neither should your child.

• Don’t let people intimidate you. No matter how discrete you are, it’s
inevitable that someone will still be offended that you choose to
breastfeed. Inform people politely that you have a legal right to feed your
baby in public. If you feel inclined, you can also add some of the damaging
effects bottle feeding has on children. If you feel uncomfortable saying
things to strangers, there are breastfeeding rights groups that can provide
you with cards to hand out to people who object.

Breastfeeding may be difficult, especially when you need to be in public,
but keep in mind that it’s the best option for having a happy, healthy baby. And if it feels right for you and your baby then trust your instincts.



 


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