Do You Breastfeed in Public?

breastfeeding in public

Nothing to see here! Literally. Credit: dlisbona

Earlier this week, I got a little opinionated about breastfeeding in public. Most moms I know agree: 1) It’s done out of necessity, not because we get a huge kick out of it, and 2) Most of the time, it’s done discreetly. So it just bothers me when I see articles like the one I mentioned that make breastfeeding in public seem so abnormal and offensive. Breastfeeding mothers already face enough challenges (hello, exhaustion, pumping, plugged ducts, low supply, over supply, etc!) to have to worry about offending the “delicate sensibilities” of others. So tell me…

Can’t see the poll? Click here to weigh in on breastfeeding in public!

I know the first time I nursed in public, I was crazy-paranoid about it. But like anything else, the more you do it, the better at it you become and the more normal it is. Plus, I’ve found that most of the time people don’t even notice. I’d love to hear about your experiences breastfeeding in public. I hope they’ve been good ones! —Erin


  1. Marilyn Brown says

    It was a little weird the first few times, but then I finally bit the bullet and bought a nursing cover – it has been a lifesaver! I don’t have to retreat to an empty bedroom when at a friend’s house, or bother with a blanket that’s sure to fall off of my shoulder. I have yet to be totally out in the open about it… we’ll see if I get braver as time goes on, especially with the summer months approaching.

  2. CC says

    I was the same the first time was little weird but then you get the hang of it. I sit crossed leg bag under one knee for height. I also have a cover which my second baby likes to take off and play peek a boo while he eats. For some reason I feel more empowered the second time as a mom after all its just a boob! If my baby is hungry he needs to eat :)

  3. JennMarie says

    The first time I breastfed in public was at the local Italian restaurant. I felt a little awkward being that my little peanut was only 2 weeks old and I was still getting the hang of things. At home it was easy, just whip it out and stick the kid on but in public getting adjusted to the blanket and not being able to see what I was doing as well as I usually was made things difficult. I got a few looks from some older people, but I was careful to not expose myself and baby was happy. In all honesty who wouldn’t prefer to spot a breastfeeding mom to a screaming howling baby? I’ve always had tons of respect for the moms I saw out in public, and now I have even more.

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