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Breast Feeding In Publicfrom: Maxx Family Life
Babies who are breast fed are very portable and easy to comfort no matter where your schedule has you going. Many women however, worry about breast feeding in public.
The worry of nursing in a public place is normally worse than the actual experience and often times the only people who notice you feeding are other mothers who are doing the same thing.
Many women find ways to breast feed discreetly. You can ask your partner or even a friend to stand in front of you while you lift your shirt from the waist. When you breast feed, the baby's body will cover most of your upper body and you can pull your shirt down to her face to cover the tops of your breast. Some mothers prefer to put a light blanket over their shoulders as a type of cover.
When visiting someone else's home, you may feel more comfortable either leaving the room or turning away from people when you first put the baby to your breast. If you would like more privacy, breast feed in an empty room, car, or public restroom.
A lot of restrooms are more baby friendly and they even have a separate area with a changing table and a chair. Several shopping malls now offer special mother's rooms where she can breast feed her baby in privacy, which will help sensitive babies who are too distracted by feeding to nurse well in public. It won't take long at all though, before your baby learns to breast feed without any fuss.
An alternative way is expressing or pumping your milk at home and then offer it in a bottle while in public. Keep in mind, offering bottles with artificial nipples in the first few weeks can and probably will interfere with breast feeding.
When breast feeding in public, always use what works best for you. During the first few weeks, it will take some getting used to, as it will be as new for you as it is for the baby. In time, you'll have no problems at all.
If you don't feel comfortable breast feeding in a certain location, then you shouldn't. You should feel a certain level of comfort when, as the baby can tell when you aren't comfortable doing something. If you show your baby you aren't nervous -- you and your baby will do just fine.
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