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Breastfeeding in daily life: At home and in public

More and more women are breastfeeding when they are out and about. Breastfeeding in public is appropriate and protected by law in most states. There are many ways that you can make yourself feel more comfortable when breastfeeding in public. If you choose to breastfeed, practice may help build confidence. Here are some thoughts to consider:

  • Learn to recognize your baby's early hunger cues so you can get your baby to the breast before fussiness takes over.
  • Practice breastfeeding in a mirror. You may be surprised by how little of your breast shows.
  • Timing is important to your breastfeeding routine. It may help to plan your outings according to your breastfeeding routine.
  • Figuring out which hold works best for you and your baby is helpful when you are out of the house.
  • To make breastfeeding easier, it may help to wear comfortable clothes, such as tops that pull up from the waist or button down, and to learn how to remove your nursing bra panel with one hand.
  • Consider wearing your baby in a sling or soft baby wrap to help with your breastfeeding routine.
  • You have options as to where to feed your baby and do not need to feel limited to going into a bathroom to feed your baby. In a restaurant or café, some women choose a booth or a corner table so they can face away as their baby latches.

If you choose to breastfeed, you generally have the right to breastfeed anywhere. Breastfeeding benefits both your child and you. Don't ever feel ashamed about feeding your child.

Did you know?

Most states have laws that protect a mother's right to breastfeed in public.

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Content last updated: January 29, 2013.

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