It seems like a ridiculous thing that in this day and age, breastfeeding in public still causes controversy. In a culture where we see breasts on display in newspapers, magazines and advertising, why does the natural act of feeding one’s baby cause offence in some people? Much of it comes down to embarrassment. We have become so used to accepting the way that women’s breast are seen as sexual, that when we see one on display feeding a baby, it creates a similar sense of the taboo.
Some women are happy to breastfeed in public and couldn’t care less about other people’s opinions on the subject. Other women want to feed in public, but do not want to feel uncomfortable about how other people react to it. If you are one of those women, then we have some tips.
- It is natural to feel a little self-conscious the first few times you do it.
- Practice in front of a mirror so you can see what the public would see. You will be surprised at how covered up your breasts actually are.
- Dress appropriately so you have good access to your milk factory with minimal fumbling!
- A proper feeding bra is essential for discreet feeding.