Now that Sydney is here and things are going well with Breastfeeding (so far), I have started thinking about Breastfeeding in public. This was something I never felt confident enough to do when I was breastfeeding Sam. He was never a very good feeder. Most feeds were stressful for us both as he would unlatch frequently and then scream until I got him back on. For that reason, I always timed outings around his feeds. I only drove immediately after he had fed, and limited outings to family and friends who I felt understood the situation and would let me feed in private.
I was saddened to learn this week that I am not alone. Medela recently asked Facebook and twitter fans to complete a Breastfeeding survey, and it showed that 63% of mums felt uncomfortable Breastfeeding in public. That’s almost 2/3 of us!
In one respect, these figured showed me I am not alone and that other mums feel uncomfortable Breastfeeding in public, too. At the same time, I was saddened to learn that something so natural is still so stressful for so many mums.
Medela’s lactation specialist, Sioned Hilton has come up with some tips to help build confidence web it comes to Breastfeeding in public during the Summer Months:
1). Spare Clothes: Take a spare dark top for you and a spare outfit for the baby just in case there are any accidents.
2). Covering up: A good Nursing Bra or nursing vest can help mums keep covered up.
3). Plan ahead: Many cities and towns are now Breastfeeding friendly, and many cafes and restaurants display Breastfeeding friendly badges on their windows and doors. Knowing Breastfeeding is welcome can reduce the stress of feeding in public.
4). Sun Protection: If you are feeding outdoors, remember both baby and your breasts are prone to burning. Sunbathing topless is not recommended when breastfeeding, as the suncream may affect your baby’s feeding.
5). Heat: The hot weather makes babies want to drink more, the same as we do, so be prepared for extra feeds on hotter days.
Sydney latches well and has been feeding well for 2 days now, so I am hopeful we will be able to put these tips to the test ourselves very soon.
I am a bit weird, though. I am more self conscious about feeding in a room full of people I know than I am in a room full of strangers. Hubby actually commented last night that us visiting family would be a nightmare because I would be embarrassed feeding in front of everyone. I really do confuse myself sometimes.
If you have any tips for overcoming nerves regarding feeding in public, feel free to share them with me in a comment.
This is not a sponsored post. I found the Medela survey findings interesting and wanted to share them. I am not being paid for doing so.