This may seem easier than it actually is. Hold baby, latch baby, presto! You have a happy feeding baby, right? Maybe. But what if it’s one of those time where you’re unsure if your baby is hungry?
Whaling baby, exposed breasts, it can get kind of complicated. Breastfeeding at home feels natural. In public it may feel weird.
You can try a nursing cover which might be excellent in the beginning but as your baby gets older and starts wiggling it may be difficult to keep him or her in there and latched on while holding him.
Most of the mothers I have spoken with have also said that their babies did not want to be in the cover past a certain age. Still, I know some mothers who have done it successfully so it’s not impossible.
Out of four babies, I tried only once to nurse my son in public and it did not go well. I didn’t have a cover, I just used a blanket and I couldn’t keep it up over us while nursing and burping and switching sides and that was the end of nursing in public for me.
The more children you have the more difficult it may become to only nurse at home as your other children will have activities and you will want to leave the house. If you and your baby can nurse in public and don’t mind if the blanket falls off or if the nursing cover isn’t working, go for it. Good for you. Your baby is hungry, you feed that baby. It is a natural process and I support breastfeeding in public and give lots of credit to mothers who have mastered it.
For those of you who do not feel comfortable doing this, I feel you I’ve been there.
Tips and alternatives to nursing in public when you are not comfortable:
Trying to “time” your baby’s feeding so you don’t have to feed the baby in a quick outing might not work. Especially if he or she is still a newborn. They can and will be hungry at any given time.
Don’t give up on breastfeeding if you really want to continue. What saved my breastfeeding career was this one item. If it wasn't for my portable pump I would not have made it that long breastfeeding. It is a lifesaver when you are out and if you don't want to nurse in public. It is worth the investment ($100- $150) because it will last baby after baby! The Medela Swing Pump is what I used. Not to be confused with the pump on the go, that is not as portable as you may think. The link and photo is below of the pump I used and loved!
If your baby is gaining weight, having adequate wet diapers, bowel movements and seems to be content keep up the good work. Particularly in the early days, you may want to give up but it may just get easier soon.
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