If there is anything I have learned being a new mom, it`s that nothing is as easy as it sounds. For example: breastfeeding.
You have a baby. Baby eats. Done!
Like everything else in life, it’s not that simple. You might have a child like mine, who is not only a messy eater, but also insists on taking a poop break in the middle of feeding, and then refuses to continue eating until you change her diaper (this may or may not happen multiple times during one feeding). After she’s done eating and burping, she waits until you least expect it and then spits up an ungodly amount of milk all over you and the chair that you’re sitting on (which is kinda awkward if that chair doesn’t belong to you). So, given the fact that babies can easily complicate an already, uncomfortable task. The question is: What is the best way to discreetly breastfeed in public?
Everyone has their own way of doing things, breastfeeding around people isn’t any different. You might choose to avoid it like I did, and run to the car whenever you knew your little one was about to wake up screaming out of hunger. Because, lets be real. The idea of fumbling around with your boob while trying to attach a crying infant to your nipple, without accidentally flashing your family friend, is a little unnerving. But lets face it, you can’t live your life (or at least the next few months) hiding out every couple hours. That’s just freaking exhausting! So for the sake of your sanity, here are some options that might work for you.
The Double Shirt Method:
All you need is a camisole. Wear the camisole under any normal shirt and you have instant coverage! When you need to feed your little one, you can lift up whatever top you have on, and then pull down the top of the cami. (Hint: wear the camisole backward so that it is even lower in the front, for easy nursing access). You can either turn away when latching or use a burp rag/spit up towel so you don’t expose your self.
The Baby Carrier trick:
The baby carrier can help you cover up your important bits. It also makes it super easy to hold your baby in position when feeding her. Be aware though, this will not work with all baby carriers. I personally use a baby carrying wrap. But if you want a legitimate baby carrier, I have heard great things from people who use the Ergobaby. They also have a video on their site, showing how its done!
The Nursing Scarf:
I LOVE the nursing scarf for a few reasons.
1) They’re super cute.
2) You can use them for a ton of different purposes (baby carrier cover, shopping cart/ high chair cover, nursing cover)
3) You can use the scarf in addition to any public breast feeding tactic.
Find a Wall
Its so much easier to feel secure when your aren’t exposed on all sides. Do your best to find a wall or object to hang out by. That may mean asking for a booth at the restaurant. Or even use your car seat carrier.
I know that there are some ladies who have no problem breastfeeding in front of others and feel no need to use tricks to keep covered. If you are one of those people, HIGH FIVE. If you aren’t but you have your own trick of trade. Let me know! I would love your feedback either way!