Dealing with the Stress of Breastfeeding in Public
In recognition of National Breastfeeding Month (NBM) and World Breastfeeding Week (August 1-7), CCMH would like to celebrate mothers and support the importance of breastfeeding. If you’re going to leave the house while breastfeeding, chances are, you will have to tackle the stress of breastfeeding in public. We understand that anxiety may arise when nursing your baby outside the comfort of your own home. From worrying about judgmental stares to finding a comfortable spot, there is a lot to juggle. But fear not, because we’ve got your back with a few tips to help you navigate this beautiful journey.
It’s not necessary to have the trendiest maternity clothes for breastfeeding in public. However, you might want to consider wearing a nursing bra to make it more convenient. The important thing is to choose a comfortable shirt that fits loosely over your bra, such as a top or blouse that can easily be pulled up from the waist. Alternatively, a button-down shirt can also be a practical option to effortlessly breastfeed.
Have Supplies on Hand
It could be helpful to consider having nursing pads available as they can effectively manage any unexpected breast milk leakage. Don’t forget to keep a bottle of water nearby to stay hydrated, as breastfeeding can make you thirsty. Additionally, depending on the size of your baby’s diaper bag, you may also find it beneficial to pack burp cloths and a nursing pillow for added assistance during feeding sessions.
Choose an Acceptable Area
When it comes to breastfeeding in public, it’s important for mothers to find comfortable and accepting locations. One way to identify these spaces is by looking for certain features. For instance, it is helpful to ensure that the breastfeeding-friendly places you visit have comfortable chairs where you can sit and feed your baby without feeling strained or uncomfortable. Also, private seating areas can provide a sense of privacy and allow mothers to breastfeed in peace.
Use a Cover for Privacy
Some mothers may feel apprehensive and seek ways to maximize discretion and privacy when nursing in public. Wearing a cover can provide the extra coverage needed and allow mothers to feel more at ease in these situations. It not only helps maintain privacy but also offers support by allowing mothers to breastfeed comfortably without drawing unnecessary attention.
Know your Rights
When you’re a nursing mom, breastfeeding in public is a normal part of daily life. Keep in mind that every mother has the right to nurse wherever they like. Breastfeeding in public is legal and protected by federal and state law in all 50 states. Just remember, you are doing an incredible job nourishing and bonding with your little one, and the judgment of others should never overshadow that. Whether you choose to seek out supportive spaces or embrace the power of your own voice, know that you have the right to feed your baby wherever and whenever they need it.
Help is Available
If you have any questions or concerns about breastfeeding, you are not alone. CCMH is proud to be considered a baby-friendly hospital and offers several educational resources for achieving your breastfeeding goals. Learn more here: https://www.ccmhhealth.com/womens-health/maternity-childbirth/educational-classes/
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