Nursing in public can be a bit tricky! Here are my favorite tips for breast feeding in public, while staying comfortable and modest!
If you are one of those “let it all hang out cause’ it’s natural” mamas, then this is not for you. While I have several friends like that, and love them and respect their decision, that just aint’ me! I’m one of those “tuck in, zip up, and cover with a parka just in case” mamas.
Now that I’m on my second baby, I have to say that breast feeding is a lot more natural and normal feeling, and doing it in public isn’t as stressful as it was with my first. With my first baby, it was totally awkward. She wasn’t a great nurser to begin with, so trying to stay covered up while also trying to successfully nurse a screaming newborn who wouldn’t latch properly, was a bit stressful, to say the least.
My second baby has been a great nurser from the start, thank the Lord, so I never struggled with nursing her in public those first few months. However, now that she’s 7 months, she’s become quite an active feeder! Now when we’re out in public, she wants to see what’s going on around her, so it’s a constant game of tug-of-war and peek-a-boo between her and I, with the nursing cover in between. Just about the only time that she’s still is when I’m nursing and rocking her to sleep at night.
Knowing that I can’t avoid feeding in public, I’ve had to come up with a couple tricks to keep my little wild one from completely exposing everything! Here’s my secret to comfortable nursing your little one in public!
Tip #1 – Wear a tank top under your shirt!
I don’t know why I never thought of this with my first baby, but this has been my most helpful trick. By wearing a tank underneath my tops, I can pull my shirt up from the bottom to nurse, and don’t have to worry about anything showing underneath! It definitely makes me feel less self-concious about my body after baby and able to relax a little more.
Tip #2- Wear a necklace!
When you have babies, necklaces are really just toys you wear around your neck. Anytime I put one on, my 7 month old starts smiling and flapping her little hands at me, wanting me to pick her up so she can grab it! If you wear a necklace, your little one will have something to keep them entertained under the cover! No more peek-a-boo! Hooray!