Aside from the huge health benefits of breastfeeding for both of you, it’s extremely convenient. All you need is you, your little one, and some pointers to help you feel comfortable whenever you breastfeed away from home. Practicing at home will give you both the opportunity to get comfortable with breastfeeding. Once you’ve got the hang of latching and de-latching, you’ll be able to do it without even thinking about it. Some healthcare providers recommend waiting six to eight weeks after birth before exposing your baby to large crowds so you’ve got time to perfect your techniques.
The key to successful breastfeeding in public spaces is confidence:
Confidence boost 1:
In some countries it’s your right to breastfeed in public. Feel proud to give your baby the best.
You are giving your baby the best nutrition by breastfeeding them when they are hungry. Did you know that in some countries the law protects the right to breastfeed in public? If you are away from home, choosing a place you’re familiar with, or breastfeeding with other moms, may help you feel more comfortable.
Confidence boost 2:
Breastfeeding is just feeding a hungry baby. It’s that simple.
Some moms say they feel embarrassed or worry about a negative reaction from other people when they breastfeed. Try to think of breastfeeding in public as simply feeding your hungry baby. It might take a few times for you to feel relaxed, but this is very normal. An in-depth study of breastfeeding in public found that most mothers said they were surprised to find they received very few, if any, negative comments or looks while feeding their baby in a public place.
Confidence boost 3:
Breastfeeding is the most natural way to feed your baby – and provides the best nutrition!
If you’re not feeling confident, remind yourself that you’re doing what’s best for your baby. You’re bonding with them while providing the perfect source of nutrition.
Confidence boost 4:
Your breasts are uniquely designed to feed your baby. Believe in your body.
Feeling unsure? Ask other breastfeeding moms for advice – you might even invite one of them to join you the first time you breastfeed away from home. Wear clothes with easy access to your breasts and consider using a breastfeeding blanket, nursing cover or sling if it makes you and your little one feel more comfortable.
Breastfeeding takes a little time to master, but there are ways to get there faster. Read “Breastfeeding for beginners: 4 steps for a successful start” to learn the tips and tricks.
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https://www.womenshealth.gov/breastfeeding/breastfeeding-in-public.html (Accessed December 29 2016)
Last revised: December, 2016
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