Amazingly, our modern society thinks nothing of scantily clad women showing off their cleavage, but the minute a mom ever-so-discretely nurses her baby in public, it turns into the Salem witch hunts all over again. Because of this, it’s no wonder so many new moms feel a bit nervous and self-conscious when they feed their babies in public.
If you’ve been afraid to nurse in public, here are a few simple tips to help you feel more confident and breastfeed like a pro in public.
Wear nursing dress
The right clothes will make breastfeeding so much easier. Nursing dress is usually much easier to lift up or pull down in order to nurse your baby. Plus, the styles of nursing dresses these days are on trend and even more breastfeeding-friendly than the first nursing tops.
Practice makes perfect
When you’re a new mom, getting the perfect latch down can be tricky and it takes time to get it just right. So before venturing out in public with your baby, make sure you’ve got things down with breastfeeding at home. You can also practice by sitting in a chair in front of a mirror to simulate what it will be like if there were other people there.
Use a cover
While you are legally within your rights to breastfeed in public anywhere you like without using a cover and you certainly may wish to do so, new moms often find using a cover to be less intimidating when they’re first starting out. This gives you some extra coverage until you get the hang of popping out your breasts for your baby’s meal. For most new moms, the problem with breastfeeding in public is feeling exposed and the cover really helps you to feel confident about breastfeeding in public.
Start somewhere quiet
New moms should never make their first breastfeeding in public adventure at a hectic place. Start small with a quiet café or a shaded bench at the neighborhood park. When you have the hang of things, you’ll be able to breastfeed anywhere, anytime without giving it a second thought and best of all, no one will realize what you’re doing which means you’ve achieved total pro status.
Breathe deep and relax
We’ve all heard stories of confrontational people who try to shame breastfeeding moms for doing what comes naturally in public, but the truth is that most people are not that way. If someone stares at you, simply smile at them. You’re doing nothing wrong, and they might not even be staring at you because you’re nursing. Your nursing dress should make it less noticeable that that’s what you’re doing.
If you start feeling uneasy while nursing in public, just look down at the sweet little love that you are feeding. Focus on your baby and you’ll find that all the distractions of your surroundings will fade away.
Remember, breastfeeding is something you should be proud of doing and no one has the right to make you feel otherwise. By following these tips combined with the experience of nursing both in and out of the home, your confidence will go into full bloom.