Breastfeeding in public, what you need to know

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Some moms feel like they just can’t do anything outside the house for fear of having to feed their baby. Our partners at Ergobaby have provided some helpful information to help you nip that worry in the bud!

When you’re on the go, you won’t have access to common feeding solutions like your Ergobaby Natural Curve™ Nursing Pillow. You’ll need to think about clean up and being prepared to quickly meet the nursing needs of your baby, especially if you’re practicing on-demand feeding.

These concerns are ones you’ll learn to overcome in time. For now, the most important thing, is to get comfortable with the idea of breastfeeding outside of your home. Here are some thoughts on how to do just that:

  • Finding privacy…or not: When you’re out and about, try having a close location in mind of where you might go to feed your baby. That way, you won’t have to start your hunt while you’ve got a fussy baby on your hands. Feeding in a parked car is a often a quick and easy solution, but never in a moving vehicle!
    You could also just accept that when there’s a hungry baby, feeding needs to happen. Feed any place you can sit down for a moment, or if you’ve got a soft-structure carrier like one from Ergobaby’s industry leading line, you can nurse while you’re up and about.
  • You might get looks, criticism, etc.: Some people have mixed opinions about how tactful it is to feed in public. As long as you feel comfortable and safe, you’re doing the right thing. You’re a mom, and nursing your baby is natural and beautiful. It’s what the two of you were built for. Enough said!
  • Rehearse: And now that it’s been said… you still might not feel comfortable with the idea of nursing in public, especially at first, and that’s totally fine. If you’re looking for a confidence booster, you can try practicing your nursing routine in front of a mirror. This will give you an an idea of what other people can see. Who knows, you might be surprised by just how modest it can be.
  • The law is on your side: A quick search should give you the current laws pertaining to breastfeeding in your state. Nearly every state protects nursing in public spaces, and many offer protections for nursing in a privately-owned location as well. However, it’s always good to know for sure.
  • The best thing you can do: Get out there and do it! Breastfeeding outside the house is just one of those things where practice makes perfect.

A great solution for breastfeeding on the go is to find a carrier made of pliable materials like the Ergobaby Four-Position 360 Baby Carrier. With a little practice you’ll be able nurse without ever having to unstrap your baby, and you can even do it hands free.

Every Ergobaby carrier features a soft structure design that’s cozy, places baby in the proper ergonomic carrying posture, and lets you easily adjust baby into a comfortable feeding position. If you’re worried about privacy, Ergobaby carriers even have a sleeping hood that doubles as a nursing cover in a pinch.

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