Breastfeeding is really important for your baby’s health. It provide useful nutrients for baby growth. However, breasts are mostly associate to sexual instrument and that would make breast-feeding in public tricky. You may feel exposed to people’s sights and make yourself an object. These tips might help easing your shame and increase your confidence to feed your baby in front of strangers.
Put in mind that breastfeeding holds a lot of benefits for your baby and you.
When you are breastfeeding, you are giving your baby advantageous nutrients need by her body. In order to keep your body producing sufficient breast milk, you need to breastfeed often and regularly. When you have to go out of the house, be sure to keep in mind that breast-feeding is not a vulgar activity. You might not want to sweat those glances because you are saving your baby from starvation as well as keeping yourself healthy.
Put suitable clothes on.
If you plan to breastfeed your baby while get out of the house, be sure you put on comfortable suits that would ease your feeding time. You can wear two pieces with buttoned top, a wrap-and-tie top, a buttoned polo shirt, or an oversized, easy-lift top. You might not want to wear tight clothes that will make it complicated even just to lift it up.
Bring along blanket or put on fashionable scarf or poncho.
If you concern on how you might get exposure while feeding your baby, a light blanket may be a good solution. You can cover your breast up while feeding to grant more privacy. Todays, there are a lot of ponchos and scarves made for maternity-purpose. You can either buy or sew one and wear it to grant confidence to start breastfeeding in public.
Try to find nursing room or lounge
A lot of public places now have provided a nursing lounge or a baby room. You can put these locations into use when feeding your baby. Feeding in a quiet, more private place can provide you comfort that will enable eye contact between you and your baby, because it is what breastfeeding is about—affection. Quiet places also help your baby relaxed so that she will nurse in a good rhythm and hence, let you know when you should get the nipple off.
Do not let your baby starved.
When hungry, baby will drink fast and fussy. When you are in public, it will bother you (or others) if your baby spits up. If this happens, do not get panicked and lift her to pat her back to let her get the air out. To avoid this panicking situation, be sure you catch the regular time for feeding. When it is time for your baby to get her lunch, stop and take your time. Feeding fussy, hungry baby might not be easy in public.
How Appropriate is Breastfeeding in Public
- Although breasts are often associated to sex, breastfeeding is not a sexual activity. You are feeding your baby. Breastfeeding is solely feeding. It is just the food is coming out of a sexual object that makes it complicated.
- You have no intention of exposing your body part while breastfeeding. You are feeding your baby. If you are not covering your breast up, it might due to several reasons. You might not be able to get your baby latch on properly when she is covered up; your baby might not like to be covered up; or you feel you might lose your eye contact and affection with your baby when she is covered up.
- You are not giving an example of pornography to children that happen to be around when you are breastfeeding. Instead, you are making a statement about the primary function of breasts—feeding your kids with the best nutrition.
You might get nervous at the first attempts to breastfeed your baby in public. However, as soon as you gain confidence and get accustomed to it, nothing else matters anymore.