Now that you are feeling comfortable with breastfeeding, it is time to venture out of the house. Babies get hungry frequently in the early months and it is expected that you will need to feed him or her in a place other than home. Besides, you have a life and you will and should get out to socialize and participate in activities. Being able to nurse your baby anywhere, anytime, aids in meeting your long-term breastfeeding goals.
Breastfeeding in public can be intimidating for a new mom. You are concerned that everyone is looking, you are afraid to expose your breast while latching your baby on. Fortunately, there are ways to nurse your baby in public with confidence.
Once you feel comfortable breastfeeding in public you will relax and find that the looks you get are often smiles from other women. This is where the convenience of breastfeeding is noticeable. Remember that when you breastfeed in public you are educating those around you to make breastfeeding in public the norm and you will make it easier for other mothers.
Breastfeeding advocates have done a good job of promoting breastfeeding and we have good support in the hospital and community, but breastfeeding in public is the next promotion. The goal of this promotion is to normalize public breastfeeding. Women should be able to feel comfortable breastfeeding anywhere, anytime.
Life sized cut outs
BMIK has produced three life sized cutouts of mothers breastfeeding. They each carry a sign that states;
“When breastfeeding in public is the norm, you won’t be noticed. “
The plan is to place these around town to educate the public and help to normalize the activity. Keep your eye out for one of these.
Baby Friendly businesses
BMIK has compiled a list of local business that are breastfeeding and child friendly. These are available on the Breastfeeding Friendly Map