A quiet room, a comfortable chair, the privacy of your nursery; Breastfeeding baby can be a wonderful time to relax, zone out and bond with baby. For many breastfeeding mums, it’s the highlight of their day.
Life, however, sometimes has other plans. A doctor’s appointment, returning to work or finding the need to travel will see you learning the skill of breastfeeding on the go! Here are our top 5 tips;
1. Start Small
The first time you breastfeed in public may seem like a daunting experience, so start out small. Breastfeeding with close friends or family at home may be the first step. There will almost definitely be other breastfeeding mums at your mother's group feeling the same, so next time you catch up, promise each other you'll do it together. Girl power!
2. Have Confidence
Confidence is key when breastfeeding in public. You may feel like everyone is watching, but most of the time, they’re not! If you’re worried what other people might say or think, prepare what you might say in advance so you’re not put on the spot. Here are some ideas;
· Thanks for your interest but this is what works for us.
· This is what our doctor [midwife, etc.] recommended.
· I’m not trying to make a statement; I’m just trying to feed my baby.
· Would you prefer to listen to a screaming baby?
· I used to feel that way too, until I had personal experience with breastfeeding.
Do whatever works for you, say a smart joke or simply choose to ignore!
Look for a battery operated breast pump, like the NUK Luna Electric Breast Pump, so you can pump on the go without needing a power point. The Luna is also quiet and compact so it is easy to travel with. You may need to express excess breast milk (if baby is sick or your breasts are feeling swollen, for example) so keep a spare breast pump in the car or nappy bag for on-the-go relief. At just $59.95, the NUK Jolie Manual Breast Pump is a great option.
4. Plane travel
If you’re planning on breastfeeding bub on the plane, request a window seat so you have a bit more privacy. Try nursing during take-off and landing to reduce pressure in your baby’s ears and make sure you wear loose fitting clothes for comfort.
Practise makes perfect. If you plan to use a wrap or sling, try practising the ‘art’ of covering up in front of a mirror at home or test out different sitting positions or clothes. If you feel comfortable and confident in how you look, the better chances you’ll have in successful breastfeeding when out and about.