natural and special wayfor babies and mothers to form a unique bond, not to mention thatbreast milk is renowned the world-over for its mesmerising healing and nutritional benefits. For first-time mums, however, breastfeeding can often be a tricky challenge with latching difficulties and painful problems. But there’s plenty of support to be found both online and amongst your family and friends so don’t feel afraid to reach out for advice. As you get more confident, you might want to take your little one out and about with you. Here are a few tips that can help you take those first steps.
Figure out How You FeelIt’s a good idea to figure out how you feel about breastfeeding in public before you step out to enhance your confidence. Decide how much you’d like to be covered or not, if you prefer to be in a group or alone and what type of environment you think you’d be comfortable in so that you can plan ahead.
Plan aheadRemember that you have a legal right to breastfeed in public as the Equality Act of 2010 has made it against the law for anyone to ask a breastfeeding woman to leave a public place such as a café, shop or public transport. Although it is sad that a law has had to be passed in the first place, it’s still a good idea to prepare what you would say if you were confronted. Depending on where you are going, have a quick think about possible places you could breastfeed such as a bench, café or even a dressing room if you like privacy.
Wear Comfortable ClothesKeep clothes comfortable when breastfeeding and figure out what works best for you. There are some great options for maternity wear nowadays that make accessibility much easier. Some mums like to lift up their top whereas others like wearing two stretchy tops so that the top layer can be lifted up and the bottom layer can be pulled down. Be sure to stick to soft non-underwired bras that can be easily moved aside when you want to feed too.
Breastfeeding is a natural process that you shouldn’t feel ashamed of at all. Providing your baby with essential nutrition as well as love, warmth and care matters more than feeling inappropriate in public. That being said it is each to their own. Everyone is entitled to their opinion so just work out what feels right for you. Just remember that the more you build up confidence and experience, the easier it will be!
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