Breastfeeding in public: How should you do it?

May 17, 2013 5:15 PM by

Breastfeeding in public: How should you do it?

For moms-to-be, opting to breastfeed can be a tough decision to make. While the choice to do so can help you enhance the bond that you feel with your baby – something that is especially important if you're a first time mother – there are many factors to consider, like how breastfeeding will affect your daily routine.

Feeding babies on a schedule is essential for not only supplying your little one with important nutrients, but for making sure that your guy or gal becomes better acclimated to getting his or her needs met.

However, if you're a busy working or single mother, breastfeeding may pose some issues, particularly if you have to feed your little one while you're out and about during the day. With these tips, you can learn how to make breastfeeding work for you in public and gain the single mother support you've been in search of!

Dress comfortably
If you're about to take your baby out for an errand or you're grabbing a quick bite with a pal, you should be mindful of what you're wearing. While you may be the type of fashionista who relishes the look of sleek, form-fitting silhouettes – especially after those nine months you spent carrying around a jumbo baby bump –  it may not be time to whip out your mini skirts and halter tops just yet.

When you're dressing, you should look for clothes that allow you to easily button up or offer additional privacy. Wrap dresses or outfits that are too revealing can make you feel more exposed while you're nursing and may not be ideal. Instead, consider two-piece ensembles that let you conceal yourself if necessary.

Carry a blanket or sling
Depending on where you'll be with your baby, you may have trouble balancing your little one's weight in your arms or enjoying the level of privacy that you desire.

A blanket can make all the difference, giving you the opportunity to conceal your nursing from others and help your baby feel more relaxed as he or she nurses. Not all little ones enjoy having a blanket or fabric draped overhead, so you'll have to experiment to see what your son or daughter prefers.

Be proactive
Feeling anxious about the idea of breastfeeding in public? One of the best ways to lessen your nervousness is to take a proactive stance once you're out and about. If you're in a restaurant, try to scope out a table or area that may be out of view or discreet.

In addition, breastfeeding your baby before he or she starts to make a fuss can be a good way to prevent a ruckus in a public area and help keep your little one feeling calm in public settings.

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