Aside from the huge health benefits of breastfeeding for both of you, it’s extremely convenient. All you need is you, your little one, and some pointers to help you feel comfortable whenever you breastfeed away from home. Practicing at home will give you both the opportunity to get comfortable with breastfeeding. Once you’ve got the hang of latching and de-latching, you’ll be able to do it without even thinking about it. Some healthcare providers recommend waiting six to eight weeks after birth before exposing your baby to large crowds so you’ve got time to perfect your techniques.
The key to successful breastfeeding in public spaces is confidence:
Confidence boost 1:
In Australia it’s your right to breastfeed in public. Feel proud to give your baby the best.
You are giving your baby the best nutrition by breastfeeding them when they are hungry and the law will protect your right to breastfeed in public. If you are away from home, choosing
a place you’re familiar with, or breastfeeding with other mums, may help you feel more comfortable.
Confidence boost 2:
Breastfeeding is just feeding a hungry baby. It’s that simple.
Some mums say they feel embarrassed or worry about a negative reaction from other people when they breastfeed. Try to think of breastfeeding in public as simply feeding your hungry baby. It might take a few times for you to feel relaxed but this is very normal.
Confidence boost 3:
Breastfeeding is the most natural way to feed your baby – and provides the best nutrition!
If you’re not feeling confident, remind yourself that you’re doing what’s best for your baby. You’re bonding with your little one while providing the perfect source of nutrition.
Confidence boost 4:
Your breasts are uniquely designed to feed your baby. Believe in your body.
Feeling unsure? Ask other breastfeeding mums for advice – you might even invite one of them to join you the first time you breastfeed away from home. Wear clothes with easy access to your breasts and consider using a breastfeeding blanket, nursing cover or sling if it makes you and your little one feel more comfortable.