Three Tips for Breastfeeding in Public
Breastfeeding in public. Just breastfeeding itself brings up a lot of questions for new moms and some experienced mommy since each breastfeeding journey is unique. Breastfeeding in public though is its own ballgame, here’s three tips to help you.
Know Your Rights
Breastfeeding is legal in every state according to federal law, but every state’s specific laws regarding it are a little different. So, if you’re concerned about your legal rights to breastfeeding in public you should familiarize yourself with your state’s laws and regulations. I was so glad that in Texas I am completely covered because it never even crossed my mind that it could be illegal to feed my child.
There are a few basic rights that are completely covered no matter what state you’re in though.It is illegal to discriminate against nursing mothers. In 2010, the federal government passed a law dubbed “Break Time for Nursing Mothers”. This law requires employers to provide break time and a private place for hourly paid employees to pump breast milk. This has made it easier for breastfeeding and pumping moms be able to return to work after maternity leave and continue to breastfeed. Both laws help nursing mothers to be able to feed their children however and whenever they need too.
It is always important to know your rights when breastfeeding, it can help give you confidence in what you are doing and if someone says something you are equipped with the knowledge to respond and educate.
Dress for Success
This statement applies to a lot of situations and this one is so important for breastfeeding in public. It can be hard to feed your child if your chest is completely inaccessible or if you are trying to be discreet about it and the shirt you are wearing you must pull everything out it’s going to make it harder for you to be comfortable. So, figure out your comfort level and go from there.
There are a few styles that work for breastfeeding in public. You can wear a tank top under your shirt and pull the tank down and leave our shirt up. This way allows the most variety in shirts because it doesn’t matter what style you wear on top. If you’re wanting the easiest access, deep V-necks that you can pull to the side are the easiest. Personally, I like to have a looser fitting shirt that I can pull up and let a little of the shirt hang down to cover more of myself. This is what works best for me, but you need to find your style and match it to functionality.
Remember why you do it
This one helped me the most. It can be hard sometimes to breastfeed in public, whether it’s because people are giving you a hard time or you are psyching yourself out. In my head, it was always going to be worse than it ever was in public and for some people they face people’s stares and hurtful comments. So, hold on to why you decide you were going to breastfeed. It’s more nutritiously beneficial to your child, you want the bonding time with your child, it’s cheaper than buying formula every week or month, whatever your motivations hold on to them. Don’t let people take them away. Stare at your precious little one and ignore the world going on around you or meet people’s stares with smiling confidence that you are providing for your child the way you found best.
So do it mommy, breastfeed in public knowing that you are confident and beautiful and providing for your child.