Nursing in Public

By Medically reviewed by Dr. Duyen Le

Some women are not comfortable when breastfeeding in public because they feel pretty anxious about nursing. Also, they worry about what people think or how much skin they show. Privacy is also a big concern. However, what you would do if your baby is hungry and both of you are outside?

Know your rights

Breastfeeding in public is legal. Both women and their babies are protected by law. No one can prevent you from nursing your child because you are in public. Also, breastfeeding is seen as a great biological nourishing method.

Practice at home

If you are worried about how much skin you will show in public, you may practice it at home in front of a mirror. You can try many different outfits and positions when breastfeeding to find what works for you and your baby. Also, you could ask your husband to observe.

Try a cover

You may use a blanket, shawl or poncho to cover from your shoulders to your baby’ s head when breastfeeding. But, make sure that your baby has a space for feeding and breathing. With this, you can breastfeed even while you are walking around!

Wear your baby

A sling could help make your breastfeeding discreet and convenient because people will think that your baby is sleeping.

Choose an easy–access bra

You should choose a bra that is easy to undress when breastfeeding. Or, you can shop for a type of bra that allows you to simply pull the cups down under your breasts rather than bra types which require you to undo a snap.

Pick your spot

When breastfeeding in public, you may look for a place where you can sit comfortable and places that make you less visible. These could be a table in a small corner at a restaurant, a bench under a tree, a corner with a roomy chair in a bookstore or a seat next to a window in a bus. Also, before latching your baby on, you should turn away from people and turn back when your baby is on your breastfeeding position. If you need to unlatch your baby, you may do the same.

Smile

If you notice that someone is staring at both you and your baby, give them a smile. Breastfeeding is a good thing. You do not need to worry if someone judges you.


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