Getting used to nursing in
public is a challenge, so we thought that you might like some stories
and hints from other moms who have experience breastfeeding their
babies anywhere and everywhere the two of them happen to be.
Eight Hints for Nursing on the Go
Like anything new, nursing in public feels a bit awkward at the
beginning. But once you have your techniques down and your nursing
wardrobe together, you'll find it isn't hard at all. As a nursing
mother, you are always packed to go. Your baby's food is warm and
ready whenever you are. Here's some hints from other Motherwear
1. Schedule frequent nursing breaks.
Regular snuggle times will reassure your child in the midst of a
stimulating and changing environment.
at the first sign of hunger. You'll both be calmer, and attract
less attention if you begin the feeding before your little one is
fussy and frantic.
using a baby
sling or a front carrier. It will keep your baby close and comforted,
allow you to nurse discreetly, and leave your hands free for other
clothing that makes nursing easy and comfortable such as separates
tops or nursing
restaurants, choose a seat away from the traffic flow with your
back to the crowd. A calm, semi-private spot will help both you
and your baby relax.
shopping, take a few minutes to breastfeed in the car before you
go in. It will calm your baby and give you extra shopping time.
you are, keep an eye out for quiet places, lounges or benches where
you can nurse comfortably. Then you will be able to go there quickly
when your baby starts to fuss.
out nursing discreetly at home, and make sure your first trip out
is with a supportive friend.
Have Baby, Will Travel…
Plan ahead. Think about where you'll be and what you'll be doing.
Will you need a bathing suit in which you can nurse? Dressy
wear? Do you have enough
nursing bras and nightgowns?
Wash and organize your nursing clothes in advance so there's time
to order missing items.
Stories from Real Breastfeeding Moms
“Once I started breastfeeding, I had a different conception
of my breasts. I went from feeling they were a private, intimate
part of my body to feeling proud they enabled me to feed my daughter
and give her a healthy start in life. I have developed a new respect
for my breasts, and no longer feel they must be kept hidden. I love
to nurse Mazal, and we nurse everywhere - even on the New York City
subway train!" -Lynn Kaplan,
"My family and I went out to a free concert with our very active
15-month-old. Since I was wearing a nursing
top, it was easy enough for the two of us to snuggle together
and enjoy the sounds around us. Nursing is a lot more than just
nourishment for Melanie. To her, my breast is a complete package:
It's her pillow, security blanket, and lovey, all rolled into one.
All our senses were filled during the concert: with lights, sounds,
and touch, but most important, with togetherness."
-Rebecca McCoy, Maryland
sling has enabled me to carry my daughter places where a stroller
was too cumbersome and to nurse her in situations where privacy
was not to be found. I am much more attached to and in tune with
this baby than my previous ones, and my confidence as a parent has
soared with the compliments and positive comments I receive every
time I wear her. This not only has transformed my parenting of my
daughter, but has carried over into my relationship with my sons
-Margaret Roney, North Carolina
Your Monthly Breastfeeding Planner
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geared specifically to new nursing moms whose baby is about 1 month
old. Our website offers insight and information on other stages of
pregnancy and birth, to help guide you through the details of selecting
your nursing wardrobe, planning for those first days in the hospital
and home, breastfeeding in public, returning to work, and more. Browse
your current stage, look back or ahead, and refer to this section
often as your nursing experience progresses:
It's Time to Shop for Maternity and Nursing Bras
(6th month of pregnancy)
Essential Information for New Nursing Moms
(7th month of pregnancy)
Pack Your Bag For Baby’s Birth! (baby due
in less than 2 months)
Building The Perfect Nursing Wardrobe (baby due
in 1 month or less)
Essential Information To Get Breastfeeding Started
(baby due now)
Breastfeed Your Baby – Anytime, Anywhere (baby
2 months old)
Yes, You Can Breastfeed & Work (baby 3 months
10 Reasons to Keep Nursing your Baby (baby 4+ months