Somehow breastfeeding in public is still an issue. You see support groups for it all over Facebook because they’re necessary for some reason, and people lashing out against it on Twitter. How is this so?
When our anatomy was planned out, we were given breasts for one reason. To feed our babies. Things don’t get more natural than that. So, please tell me, why has there ever been an issue?
Don’t take this the wrong way. I am not speaking out against moms that don’t breastfeed. I’m a firm believer in “fed is best,” I just find it irritating that people are so uncomfortable with a baby eating.
Now, I can’t speak for every breastfeeding woman, but I can venture to guess that we aren’t pulling our shirts up so people can see our nipples. It’s so our kid can eat.
If you’re like me, and you’re hopelessly awkward trying to stay covered because baby doesn’t like eating under a blanket, there is a sneaky way to do it.
I had to learn this the hard way, (multiple flashes with a cover, a ton of time tucked away behind a curtain, and finally not giving a crap what the public, AKA strangers, AKA people I will never see again, would think of me.)
If you’ve been nursing for awhile, this may be old hat. But if you’re like adorable, innocent, new-to-breastfeeding me (14 months ago), then you might find this useful.
Wear a tank top under your shirt. I usually wear a nursing tank (from H&M), or something stretchy. Over the tank top, wear whatever shirt you want to wear. When you need to nurse, pull the outer shirt up exposing your tank top covered belly, and pull your tank top (and bra) down. (I know I kinda clash, but I wanted the colors to be obvious.)
The pink part is the only part that will be exposed, and with a baby’s face covering it, nobody will get a chance to see your nip slip.
I also have a spit rag handy in case baby pops off and swings his head around, which he tends to do. That happens, I cover with the rag. I nursed at the fair the other day and I’m pretty confident nobody, (except my mom) saw anything other than baby’s face at my chest.
I hope this is useful to someone out there. Happy (public) feeding!
Do you have any nursing in public tips you’d like to share?
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