Picture this — you and baby are out of the house when baby starts asking for milk. If you are a mom new at breastfeeding, this could be a cause for panic. Where shall I sit? What will people think? I might accidentally expose my breasts!
Breastfeeding in public can be a walk in the park (pun intended) with the right preparation and mindset. Here are a few tips to get you started:
Use a nursing cover. There are so many styles to choose from. Some look like aprons; some look like ponchos. In fact, you can improvise your own nursing cover by using a shawl, scarf, or even a lampin.
Plan what you will wear. Clothes that are comfortable and that allow “easy access” to your breasts are ideal. There are nursing wear available in the market but some of these can be pricey and limiting in designs. Many moms find that almost any top works as long as they are wearing nursing underwear.
Practice. Practice breastfeeding at home as if you were in public. Not all babies like to have a nursing cover over their heads so a dress rehearsal at home may help. Heck, even practice unhooking your nursing bra with one hand.
Be confident. When going out to breastfeed, there is no better accessory than self-confidence. According to Rosa Yong, “the more confident I became about breastfeeding in public, the more I received complimentary comments and looks, smiles even, from total strangers and sometimes foreigners.“
Focus your attention on your child. This will keep your eyes and mind away from people who may be looking at you. “Think of why you’re breastfeeding and for whom you are doing it,” shares Patty Lacdao. “These strangers won’t see me anymore after this anyway. And getting my baby the best nourishment whenever, wherever is all that matters,” echoes Apple Gutierrez.
Get support from your family. According to Alyn de Castro, “support from your husband is a great factor.” Not only can the father help out with the logistics of breastfeeding in public, he can also reinforce your decision to give your baby the best nourishment possibly through your breast milk. Marvin Delos Reyes says “breastfeeding is a mother’s selfless act. That is why a father should be selfless too and think about the welfare of his child.”
What tips do you have on breastfeeding in public? Share them with us at the comments below!
This post first appeared on Yahoo Philippines.