For some mothers, the biggest obstacle to breastfeeding in public is their own mindset. You may not feel comfortable immediately breastfeeding your baby anywhere and everywhere, but start small and give it a try. Once you have experienced the freedom to be able to grab some scorn, cloth or cloth to cover up. Apart from that you can maintain contact with the people around you, you can help them out by maintaining eye contact with this other person while your baby is breastfed with. This will help the viewer focus on your face and avoid looking at your breasts, which may help them feel more comfortable.
Here are tips that can be done for breastfeeding in public places:
1. Comfortable clothes for nursing mothers
The way it is done first is quite simple the clothes that are used are the key to breastfeeding in public. Wear clothes that make it easier for you to breastfeed in public. Clothes with loose front buttons are best. You can lift the shirt from underneath or unbutton it so the baby can get to the breast directly. While the rest of the cloth can cover your breasts.
Another shirt can provide extra coverage and can protect you. The way you can cut the gap in the t-shirt at the breast. When you lift the outer shirt, the t-shirt stays in place. Whereas when you are on vacation, you can wear a large t-shirt over your bathing suit for wise breastfeeding on the beach. Or look for swimwear made especially for nursing women. If you crave to wear dresses, look for styles specifically for nursing moms, with hidden openings in the breasts.
2. Make the baby’s position comfortable and do not block air from entering
When deciding to use a breast milk cap, it’s a good idea to make sure the baby doesn’t have trouble breathing. Think of nursing in terms of covering your baby under your clothes apart from covering your chest, baby’s comfort should also be considered. To make your baby and mother comfortable when breastfeeding in public, you can use a cardigan jacket or sweater that can provide additional coverage for the air. Alternatively, you can also use a light blanket or scarf around your shoulders and over your baby nurse.
3. Use a bra that fits the breastfeeding mother
Special breastfeeding bras with cups that are easy to open with one hand can make it easy to start breastfeeding your baby, but cup refastening bras often require two hands. So you have to get used to using it when you are traveling with your baby, although there are many nursing bra designs that you can choose according to your comfort.
4. Give breast milk before traveling so that the baby is full
One of the best ways to avoid drawing a lot of attention to yourself and your baby while breastfeeding in public is to be aware of the baby’s hungry cues and feed him before he howls. He will stick more easily, and you will not have many people pouting at you when you try to stop the noise.
5. Choose a place for breastfeeding that is available in shopping centers
Generally, shopping centers provide a place for breastfeeding babies, so choose that place to more freely breastfeed the baby. This will make you and your baby more comfortable during the lactation process. Nursing mothers can also prepare aprons that will help clean the baby’s face if the milk is running out. Likewise, the breast milk is still flowing profusely when the baby refuses, so prepare a cloth to help you clean it. Include in the record of your equipment traveling with the baby.
6. Different places, different ways to do it
In a restaurant, you can ask to sit on a wall at the side of the room, not in a crowd. Sitting with your back facing the room gives you the opportunity for privacy. Whereas in the mall, look for a seat with nooks and crannies or plants if you don’t want to breastfeed in front of everyone who may pass by or choose a comfortable place to sit. However, many public places provide special places for mothers to breastfeed their babies. Look to use it so that you still feel comfortable when taking your child out for sightseeing and shopping.
Thus those of you who breastfeed in public places can do the tips above so you are not clumsy and doubtful. You can start by preparing all the supporting equipment such as a nursing apron, a special bra for breastfeeding or using a baby blanket that is large enough. Meanwhile, for the first time the apron is often refused when the mother uses it. You can practice at home to use it so that the child gets used to it. With a calm atmosphere will make him more comfortable and will slowly get used to it. Likewise with the choice of clothes used for breastfeeding.
It is better for mothers to recognize the situation and the location of the place to be headed. Some locations provide nursing rooms that can help you breastfeed more freely. Meanwhile, for mothers who find it difficult to find a nursing room, they can use a place that can block it from public view, but avoid breastfeeding in the toilet because it is not hygienic and uncomfortable for both mother and baby. You have to remember that breastfeeding in public is not illegal but a natural condition to support your baby’s development and development. Many even suggest exclusive breastfeeding until the age of 6 months and continue breastfeeding alongside complementary foods.
Of course, for some mothers who are not used to it, it will make it uncomfortable so they must get encouragement and motivation, one of which is from their beloved husband. So that the process of breastfeeding the baby can be done even in a public place. If you are walking with your husband, you can ask your husband for help, breastfeed on your husband’s back and make it easier for you to give your baby breast milk. Some babies do ask for a long time when breastfeeding so that when you bump into someone who sees you breastfeeding you can smile at them. This indicates that you are fully aware that this is a natural activity that supports optimal baby development.