Breastfeeding in public shouldn't be an embarrassment, but that's how I felt. Probably amongst many other women too, but why should we be embarrassed? It is one of the most natural things to do! To be honest, I think it's more to do with ignorant people. People who don't breastfeed, people who don't understand it and judgemental people.
I try as little as possible to breastfeed in public, but then why should I? If my baby is crying out for food, I should be able to feed her right there instead of finding a room to go and feed her in. I have got better and will now just feed Amelia if she is hungry, much easier than dealing with a screaming baby. I do still cover up usually with a scarf or when I had my long hair that came in handy. I tend to use the pull top down approach instead of pulling my top up as it tend to show less. I'm fine with feeding in front of family and friends but strangers? I'd rather not!
I feed Amelia on demand and have done since birth, so when ever she is hungry I feed her where ever that may be. We have nursed in the car, on the train, on a plane, at baby group, in a restaurant, in shops, at the beach and the park. I always cover up or at least make sure you can't see anything. We don't use a nursing cover but my hair has always been long enough to hide anything and now that Amelia is older she's big enough that she sits across my body. Most of the time it just looks like I'm cuddling her, you wouldn't even know she was feeding! People don't even notice that you are breastfeeding most of the time it's that subtle.
I remember my first time feeding Amelia in public, even though it was at a baby group it was still a big step for me! I am a very shy person and like to keep myself to myself. But in a room full of women and babies I felt at home. It actually broke my nerves and I felt much more at ease about the whole thing. After that it was a breeze, I figured I'm feeding a baby there's no need to feel embarrassed and just get on with it. Like I previously said I don't really feed in public too often, and now that Amelia is older she is on solids it's much easier. But to keep a screaming baby quiet, it's much easier just to whip out a boob and feed.
I have learnt that you shouldn't be afraid of feeding in public, feeding your baby is much more important that worrying what the couple across the room are thinking. If you are shy like me, I would wear a cover, or a scarf. But don't feel like you must cover up. You will be surprised, many people don't actually mind and think it's great what you are doing for your baby.
What are your experiences or thoughts of feeding in public?
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