Breastfeeding fears? Confident & comfortable!

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Breastfeeding fears? Confident & comfortable!

Breastfeeding is the most natural thing in the world. So why do we feel a bit conscious about breastfeeding in public? We may be confident ladies who don't shrink into the background but it's highly likely that we have never gotten our boobs out in front of complete strangers.

Many shopping centres, restaurants and cafes are now pro-breastfeeding. Locally, the Trafford Centre was stage to a breastfeeding rally in June of 2011, when hundreds of mums besieged The Orient eating place to show their support for breastfeeding, and Trafford Centre itself has a Breastfeeding Friendly Award, which stipulates that it:

 

  • Is clearly designated as a breastfeeding friendly venue
  • Allows mums the right to breastfeed in a general area
  • Where possible allows mums the right to privacy in order to breastfeed (not a toilet)
  • Provides a welcoming and relaxed setting
  • Provides space for partners and / or other children
  • Allows pushchairs
  • Staff are breastfeeding friendly

Most mums will have worries about breastfeeding in public for the first time, but venturing to a place which gives them a bit of support when they are going to be feeding their baby (in the most natural way possible!) is surely a very positive thing. 

Maybe more venues around the UK should shout about this fantastic opportunity to get new mums into their establishments, because I'm sure many mums (just like me) will have been frowned at once in their breastfeeding 'careers' by doing just that.

If you are still wanting to feed your baby yourself in public but aren't quite there in the confidence stakes, why not try a special breastfeeding shawl, like the Bebe Au Lait cover, which will protect your modesty and shield your baby from prying eyes. The rigid neckline allows you to see your baby easily and allow air flow, but only YOU can see.

If you are more concerned with baring your post-baby belly for the first time, why not give Breastvest a go? This specially designed vest scoops below your normal nursing bra (and you can wear ANY top over the vets) so when you lift your top up to feed, no passers by will see your bare flesh.

And if you struggle to get a good feeding position for your baby when you are away from home and your feeding pillow, why not take a look at the Thrupenny Bits portable nursing pillow? It's small enough to take with you, simply use the waist tie as a strap and sling it over your shoulder - it'll look like a bag and even has a zip so if you are travelling light you can just slip your purse and phone in it.

We support all mums, whether you choose to breastfeed or bottle feed, and you shouldn't be made to feel bad for whichever choice you make. But when you make the choice that is right for you, don't ever apologise because someone else doesn't agree with it. 


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