While public breastfeeding still has a generally negative stigma, it carries a definitely positive stigma in its benefits for your baby. Since you are allowed to nurse wherever you are legally allowed to be and also feed your baby a bottle, you should be confident in doing what is best for your baby.
Here are some things that you want to consider to help boost your confidence when breastfeeding in public:
1. Use your rights!
Due to recent legislation, you are allowed to breastfeed in public. Even if you are wary of doing so, federal property has a definite allowance, and your employer must even allow you to nurse while on a work break. You can check out www.lalecheleague.com for more information regarding your state.
2. Be prepared with what you wear!
Always make sure you wear something that gives you the appropriate level of privacy that you desire. Two piece outfits or any type of outfit that allows you to nurse easier are the best. There are also nursing specific clothing that have hidden openings. If you wish to cover up a bit more, take a blanket, shawl, or poncho to cover your baby. A sling also provides adequate cover if you are comfortable wearing one.
3. Be prepared with your technique!
Make sure to try practicing in front of a mirror to see how much exposure occurs when your baby latches in certain positions. Having someone help you find a particular angle and position that works for you in public will give you an extra boost in confidence.
4. Be prepared with your possible locations!
Before your baby gets hungry, you want to know where you could possibly feed your baby where you feel comfortable. Looking out for nursing rooms, semi-hidden locations, or even a dressing room or not-busy location, will allow you to have peace of mind when your baby gets hungry.
5. Make sure you know your baby’s feedings schedule!
If you can keep everything calm, you are able to be as discreet as you wish. Learn when your baby normally gets hungry, so you can use all your preparation to its fullest.
Remember, confidence is key when it comes to public breastfeeding. Try these tips and get comfortable giving your baby the breast milk they need to have good health!