If you are exclusively breastfeeding your baby chances are you will at some point have to feed your baby when you are out and about. If you are going to nurse your baby on the go, there are a few things you can do if you want to nurse discreetly. I wanted to share the tips that have helped me to feel comfortable and confident about breastfeeding my baby anywhere.
1. Dress in clothes that are breastfeeding friendly.
Tons of companies make clothes specifically designed for nursing. They will have little openings that make it easy to feed your baby. However, my favorite hack is to layer a tank top underneath whatever you are wearing. When it’s time to feed your baby, you just lift up the top shirt and leave the undershirt down. The top shirt bunches up to help keep you covered, and the tank top underneath is still covering your stomach and back.
2. Plan your trip out ahead of time.
Think about where you are going before you head out the door. Are you visiting places that have lactation rooms or areas? Are you visiting places that have nice comfortable areas to sit? If there are places that you would feel more comfortable breastfeeding in try to visit them around the times your baby will be hungry.
3. Feed your baby right before you leave.
This will give you some extra time before you have to worry about your baby being hungry again. Sometimes those extra few hours are all that you need to grab those groceries and get back home.
4. Feed your baby before they are incredibly hungry.
It is always harder to get a baby to eat once they have started to throw a fit. Try to keep an eye on the time or your baby’s cues to see when they first start to feel hungry. A calm baby won’t bring attention to you all as much as a screaming baby would.
5. Use a nursing cover or a thin blanket for some extra privacy.
Breastfeeding covers are a great option if you want to feed your baby discreetly. Personally, I use one by Milk Snob; it is a cute poncho that covers my daughter and me up all the way around. Blankets work great too! I like to use a big blanket and tuck the corner under my bra strap or tank top strap to help keep it in place on my shoulder.
6. Feed your baby in a baby carrier.
Nursing while babywearing is one of my favorite ways to breastfeed when I’m out in about. It’s also nice when you are trying to get things done at home. Most carriers will allow you to breastfeed your baby while you are wearing them. This will keep you covered up, and people around you don’t usually even notice your baby is nursing in there. You also could throw on your nursing cover or a blanket if you wanted a little extra coverage.
7. Practice feeding your baby at home the way you would feed your baby when you are out and about.
The more often you use these techniques, the more comfortable you will feel when it comes time to feed your baby in public. At home practice using your nursing cover, blanket or baby carrier when you are feeding. You also can try to nurse your baby in front of a mirror if you are worried about how you look when you are breastfeeding. This helps you to see yourself from another vantage point, which also usually shows you that you aren’t exposing as much as you think you are.
Feed those babies mamas!
Just remember that in the United States you are allowed to feed your baby anywhere you are legally permitted to be. There is no reason to feel embarrassed about feeding your baby, no matter where you are. If you do receive funny looks or even rude comments, try not to let those discourage you from continuing to breastfeed your baby.
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