In my early days of feeding in public, I used to find it hard. Fumbling under a cover of some kind trying to latch baby on was a nightmare. This was especially bad in the early days when I was still sore due to various latch issues that I had. Trying to not scream out in pain and frustration, along with being panicked about the reaction of strangers......it's not easy.
I might be lighthearted in this blog about feeding in public, but then I have been doing it for nearly 3 years. I have come a long, long, long way from that nervous new mum. So here's a tip -
When you have to face that hurdle of feeding outside for the first time, do it with a friend. If possible, do it with somebody who is already breastfeeding as some moral support. However if (like me) you don't know anyone that fits that bill, just take somebody you feel happy with. Somebody who can be a distraction for you and who you know will turn into a fearsome tiger if anybody dares to raise an eyebrow in your direction. A chaperon, a knight in shining armour. It will also make you less obvious, more transparent, to passers by.
I may have been in this situation for a while, but I have still enlisted friends to throw something over me when baby pulls away and exposes my breast completely. Or just to keep me company so I'm not so bored! Since having a baby I have needed my friends more than ever before and they ave become like gold to me.
Oh, and if you know a breastfeeding mum - offer to be that friend. The one who keeps her company, or does little helpful jobs for her. She needs you, she may just be too polite to ask.
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