Thursday, January 31, 2013

Breastfeeding Blog Hop: Learning how to nurse in public (Week 5)


Oh, the dreaded nursing in public topic. By the time I'd given birth to my third child, one would assume that  was an experienced breastfeeding mother. However, I supplemented and also bottle fed my first two kids, so I never really tried to nurse in public. With my second child (Sissy, now age 3), I would try, but she never learned how to latch onto the right side, so I would retreat to the bathroom during church services since I was so nervous.

Mr. A and Sissy are only a year apart, so remained bound and determined to learn how to nurse in public with him. One of the best things I did for myself to feel comfortable was that I waited a few days to go anywhere so that we had a few days of practice in. I had a good nursing bra I was comfortable in and wore a tank top/cami under my shirt so that my stomach remained covered since that was a huge insecurity for me. Being prepared before we left the house was key as we were in those early weeks of breastfeeding was a key component. Before too long, I mastered breastfeeding in public and never so much received a second glance from people.

Mr. A after a nursing session during my husband's cardiologist appointment. He was six months old here.



I am hopeful to remember my own tips as I will soon be nursing in public again with baby 4 (whenever she is finally born!)

4 comments:

  1. The first time I nursed my baby in public I was so nervous. We were at the hospital for an appointment and he was only two days old so I had no clue what I was doing. I went to the bathroom to do it but I was so disgusted by the idea of doing it in the bathroom I could bring myself to do it, so I went back out to the lobby and found a little corner and did it there. I have found it is best the wear a lose shirt that you can pull up and a cami. I usually used a blanket over him while he latched on and then took it off. If my baby would have allowed it I would have used a cover but he was very against it.

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  2. Being prepared is definitely key! I stayed home a lot during those first few weeks too, but I'm a bit of an introvert anyway. :) Thank you for linking up with the Breastfeeding Blog Hop this week!

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  3. hey you followed me over to the hop! Yeah! And yes your little missy needs to hurry up and be born!

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  4. wearing a tank top underneath definitely helps to be discreet

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