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.