Breastfeeding is beautiful. It is not just about nourishing your baby but it is also a way to soothe and comfort them when they become fussy. One thing that you should know about breastfed babies is that you can’t control when or where they want to nurse. Babies do not know if you are in a public place or not. What they know is that they want mommy’s milk because they are hungry.
Breastfeeding in public is a big controversy. Because the breasts are overly sexualized caused by ads, marketing and movies, not everyone is comfortable in seeing mothers breastfeeding their babies in public. As a breastfeeding mother, you have to know your rights. Know that you have the right to breastfeed your child anywhere and anytime.
Now that you know your rights, consider the following tips that can help you nurse in public comfortably and confidently.
Wear the right outfit. This is about accessibility and you being able to easily open your shirt or dress so you can feed your baby. There are nursing wears now with hidden flaps or openings however, you really don’t have to spend so much on those. Look at your closet and go for button down shirts or wrap style blouses. A hungry baby is an impatient baby so you want to be able to offer his lunch or snacks quickly.
Practice. When at home, nurse your baby in front of the mirror so you can see how much is being exposed and how comfortable you are with it. Try on different angles and positions until you find the one that works for you.
Use a blanket or a shawl. Blankets and shawls are good alternative to nursing covers. Not all babies do not like to be under the cover while nursing so you can just drape it in one shoulder so you don’t expose yourself too much. Nursing your baby on a sling is good too. The excess fabric can be used as a cover while your baby nurses and the best part is, you are hands free.
It’s all about the confidence. Know that you are not doing anything wrong by attending to your child’s needs and that you are doing a good job by giving her the best milk there is.