Tips for Breastfeeding in Public

Discover practical tips and strategies to feel confident breastfeeding in public. Embrace the empowerment of normalizing breastfeeding in society with ñuñuy Nursing Apparel.
Tips for Breastfeeding in Public

Tips for Breastfeeding in Public for New Moms

Breastfeeding in public for the first time can be intimidating. We’ve all heard the stories of mothers being asked to cover up or leave for simply breastfeeding their baby in public. It may feel scary the first few times you do it. To be honest, I felt a little nervous every single time I breastfed in public. It's completely normal to feel this way. Thankfully, with these tips, a bit of practice and encouragement, you’ll be more confident breastfeeding in public!


The Benefits of Breastfeeding in Public

If you're feeling intimidated by breastfeeding in public, it can be helpful to understand the benefits of nursing your baby in public:

  • You can feed your baby whenever they are hungry.
  • It's hassle-free and convenient, you have everything you need!
  • Getting comfortable with breastfeeding on the go can help you reach, or surpass your breastfeeding goals. The World Health Organization (WHO) recommends exclusively breastfeeding through six months. After introducing solids, they recommend breastfeeding until they are at least two years old. 
  • Getting out of the house can help reduce your feelings of isolation and will make your happier overall.


Normalizing Public Breastfeeding in Today’s Society

I'll never forget the first time I breastfed in public. It was a moment of both hesitation and liberation. As I held my baby close and nursed her, I felt a surge of confidence wash over me, knowing that I was fulfilling her needs while also challenging societal norms. Each subsequent time I breastfed in public, I felt more empowered. By embracing the natural act of breastfeeding in public, we not only prioritize the health and well-being of our children but also contribute to breaking down societal barriers and misconceptions surrounding breastfeeding. 

Common Challenges While Breastfeeding in Public

The freedom that breastfeeding provides can also prove challenging. From disapproving stares to unsolicited comments. I vividly remember a challenging experience while breastfeeding my youngest at a crowded museum while my two older children were playing. Despite wearing our comfortable and discreet nursing sweater, I could feel the judgmental glances. I was unable to find a private place to breastfeed because I needed to keep an eye on my other children. At that moment, I made a conscious decision to hold my head high and continue nursing, refusing to let the opinions of others dictate my actions. It was a small victory, but it reinforced my belief in the importance of normalizing breastfeeding and standing up for my rights as a mother.

Other common challenges you might experience while breastfeeding in public include:

  • Physical discomfort if you haven’t mastered a comfortable nursing position
  • Feeling exposed if you haven’t invested in clothing (like ours!) that helps you feel confident.
  • Unsupportive environments that lack comfortable seating or accommodations.
  • Cultural stigmas surrounding public breastfeeding, can exacerbate an already intimidating situation.
  • Breastfeeding complications such as low milk supply or latch issues can further complicate public breastfeeding efforts.

Overcoming Challenges While Breastfeeding in Public

Over the years of breastfeeding my three babies, I received countless disapproving looks and even shaking heads. I couldn’t help noticing some people’s uncomfortable body language while I breastfed in public. It's very important to understand when someone has an issue with you breastfeeding in public, it’s their problem. You are not doing anything wrong. I repeat: you are not doing anything wrong.

The more educated you are, the more confident you will feel if you’re ever confronted with criticism for your choice to breastfeed in public. Breastfeeding in public is legally protected in all 50 states, the District of Columbia, Puerto Rico, and the Virgin Islands. This knowledge is a foundation for feeling empowered and asserting your rights when faced with challenges or discrimination.

If you are feeling very nervous about breastfeeding in public:

  • Focus your gaze on your baby instead of looking around. This helps to remind you that you are simply feeding them.
  • If you're able to, find a quiet corner to breastfeed. This can also help you be more discreet.
  • Practice and find your favorite nursing positions at home.
  • Try breastfeeding in front of a mirror to get a feel for what it will look like when you're in public. You might be surprised by how little is actually showing.
  • Finally, what helped me the most was wearing comfortable clothing that provided decent coverage - just like our collection of nursing clothes!

Final Words of Encouragement

To all the new moms embarking on their breastfeeding journey, remember that you are not alone. Breastfeeding in public may initially feel intimidating, but with practice, support, and confidence, you can navigate this journey with grace and empowerment. Trust your instincts, prioritize your baby's needs, and embrace the natural act of breastfeeding in public. You are capable, strong, and deserving of respect and support.

Do you have a breastfeeding tip or want to share your experiences? Drop it in the comments below. Your insights and encouragement can help other breastfeeding mothers navigate similar challenges. 

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Thank you for joining us on this journey of empowerment and support for breastfeeding mothers everywhere. Together, we can normalize breastfeeding in public and create a more inclusive and supportive society for all.



About the Author:
Brittani Velasquez is the owner and founder of ñuñuy Nursing Apparel. She is a mama of three, a home sewist, and is passionate about sustainable living. Read more about her here.


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