Tips on Breastfeeding in Public
Breast milk is said to be the perfect food for babies, because of all the nutrients and anti bacterial agents it contains and if you have chosen to give this to your baby, this is wonderful. However, this commitment also requires that you feed on demand and demand may be in the public arena.
When this happens, there are a few things that can be helpful in fulfilling this need without much fuss.
Bras, Pads and Clothing
There are nursing brassieres that are available on the market today. They are made in such a way that you can gain comfortable access to the breasts without removing the bras.
In addition, circular pads are available in both disposable and washables. They are not necessary, but they can be very helpful because sometimes, when you least expect it and are nursing, milk can express itself and wet the shirt.
As for the clothing, it is best to wear a two-piece, to gain easy access and clothes with buttons are helpful.
Also, walk with a baby blanket and use it to cover the part of your body that will be exposed. This could help to put you at ease and when you are at ease the milk will flow and the baby will be calm and will be able to nurse comfortably. By using the blanket, it can also help to put those around you at ease.
Whenever it is possible, look for a quiet area to breastfeed the baby and do not forget to support your back.
Family and Friends
When you are in the hospital and after you have returned home, it is highly possible that family and friends will be visiting you and the baby. They may be giving out a lot of advice and it is up to you to decide which ones to follow and which ones to leave alone. This is especially true when it comes to feeding the baby.
If the baby is fussy twenty minutes after you have feed him/her and you think that he/she is still hungry, but your family and friends are suggesting something else, do not ignore their advice but do not ignore yours either. Burp and hold him/her close to your chest, if there are suggesting this, but afterwards, follow your thoughts and nurse the child.