I’m becoming something of a pro with breastfeeding in public nowadays… just whip it out and FOOMP (that’s the sound of putting her on with precision and speed lol). But, twas wasn’t always the case. A few months back, I inquired with my awesome facebook friends for tips and advice.
What are your tips for getting baby comfy (in the literal, physical sense) nursing in public. More specifically, at home I use a big nursing pillow, but when we’re out, the small pillow I bring isn’t always easy. Is there an easy way to do this that I’m missing (without the pillow)?
- Crossing a leg so an ankle is resting on the opposite knee and resting the arm cradling baby’s head on the crossed leg… so the baby is propped a bit.
- Nurse in a Moby or sling which serves as a cover.
- Prop arm on purse or diaper bag. If baby is easily distracted, cover up with a blanket.
- Try to either lean back a little so baby’s weight was off mom’s arm.
- Try to find a chair with an armrest.
- When baby is a toddler… baby just stood and nursed.
- At even a very early age: Nursing while baby sits up on a knee, head supported in hand… I find this position works great in public situations when you dont have a pillow on hand but it also helps prevent gas-keeping baby happier, longer.
- When they were old enough to sit up, I would let them sit on my lap/vertically to nurse.
- Use a blanket as a pillow.
- Had a ring sling also called a William Sears Sling designed by Dr William Sears, breastfed my daughter in it till she was 27 months.
- Personally, I have also found that I prefer normal shirts or tank tops that I lift up, as opposed to the breastfeeding tank tops that unsnap on the strap and you pull down. I think it’s more obvious and attention grabbing with the latter.
- Oh, and in case you missed this post from December, there is some great breastfeeding info here, too.
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