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!)