My experience of breastfeeding in public places
My child is only five months old, but we already had a lot of time with him: we constantly go out somewhere together, accumulate useful experience and learn various tricks just before our eyes. I was lucky, because the regime of the day at us was established in 2 months and no problems at us were, but small changes in it, of course, occur till now. My child grows, actively develops this world, one month is replaced by another. But I, as before, feed the baby with breast milk, I am a supporter of natural breast-feeding. And I, like many breastfeeding mothers, more than once had the need to feed the child in the sight of everyone, in some crowded place (a shop, a cafe, a park or just a room with guests). In the first few times I also felt a sense of embarrassment, shame and embarrassment in front of strangers, putting my baby to his chest outside the house. But soon I realized that this is the most natural and natural process in the world! And if you organize it correctly, then no one even pays attention to the fact that you are breastfeeding for everyone in sight!
To feed a child in a strange place is not so easy. And breastfeeding mothers often have to give a hungry child a chest in the street or in public places, when there is no quick way to get home, and the baby needs milk more and more. And I’m also familiar with this feeling of embarrassment and shame when you literally have to put the child to the chest in everyone’s mind. Outsiders are used to believe that breastfeeding is a mystery and a very intimate process when a woman completely reveals her breasts, and then puts an infant to her, sighing from time to time. And all this only adds to the embarrassment of the nursing mother. Others believe that the mother must breast-feed strictly within the walls of the apartment, and many nursing mothers obediently obey public opinion.
It is very easy to overcome these complexes, the main thing is to learn to cope with a sense of shame and your embarrassment. I once had to do this when a large company of relatives and friends gathered at our house to celebrate the christening of my child. There were a lot of people, so it was not possible to find a quiet and secluded place for feeding. I had to stealthily raise my clothes and put the baby to my chest in a room where there were strangers. Surprisingly, no one paid any attention to this, taking the baby’s feeding as a matter of course! As if nothing had happened, I had a conversation with our guests, and at this time the child calmly sucked breast milk. Then I realized that a sense of fear and shame can seriously interfere with breastfeeding, and in this process there is nothing shameful or unnatural. You can lead a habitual way of life and breastfeed, it’s very easy and simple!
It is not necessary to stay home at home in four walls throughout the entire period of breastfeeding. Or walk somewhere near the house to always have time to return and feed the hungry child without embarrassment. It can be done in absolutely any place, imperceptibly for the eyes of the surrounding people, with comfort and without embarrassment. If you are still afraid or doubt, then make a choice in favor of your well-fed baby! Believe me, no one cares much about the fact that you are breastfeeding on the street or in the store. And if you do this in special clothes, then the chance to be caught caught red-handed; reduces to zero.
Remember the examples from your own life. How often did you see a mother on the street or in public places who would feed her child in front of everyone? Surely even if they noticed this, they did not attach any importance to this, right? So no one will think you to judge, if he does. Big deal ; Mom feeds the hungry baby with her milk, what’s wrong with that?
If you are still very shy and ashamed, then use some tricks. For example, you can buy special clothes to wear it for walks with the baby. And then you can always give your baby a screaming baby, and no one will ever notice it. One day, I put my hungry child on the chest, walking along the shopping center. The feeding process reliably hid the sling from prying eyes, and we calmly continued on our way!
If you need to feed your baby on the street or in a crowded place, it is better to find a secluded corner where there will be no draft, unpleasant sharp smells and loud noises. Then you both will be comfortable to start the process of feeding.
Take on the armament of the three most important helper for inconspicuous and comfortable breast-feeding anywhere:
Nothing bad and the more shameful in feeding a child on the street I do not see. She herself fed more than once in the park, on the street. If the child really cries and can not calm down, then the chest; this is the only way to calm him down. I covered myself with a diaper and calmly fed. Nobody looked, and did not condemn the more.
At first, I was embarrassed to breastfeed a child in public places. But there are different situations in life, but a kid; the same person with ordinary needs. And the need to eat, can arise at any time. I bought all the clothes for feeding in due time: from the brassiere to dresses and blouses. But still I tried to take a handkerchief with me and in the process of feeding I covered myself with it.
We were breastfed for up to 1.2 years. Not once during this time I did not meet any unpleasant pictures of feeding, but she tried to avoid feeding in a public place. Now it has become easier to treat this, many special clothes that are unfastened, many people passing by or sitting at a nearby table in a cafe can not notice anything.