Motherhood is clearly a wonderful thing. This is definitely the reason why there’s a huge movement around the world showing support for mothers – particularly for those who refuse to let their careers get in the way of this important responsibility.
Some of these remarkable women have demonstrated that motherhood tasks are just as important as serving the Parliament or teaching a Masters class in university. And so, they bring their little one along, and the world can’t help but express its admiration.
Indeed, nothing should stop any mother from being out and about with the little one.
And because of this, there’s been a noticeable boom among businesses that specifically cater to such mothers. These enterprises produce everything from versatile postpartum dresses to maternity undergarments and trousers, to strategically designed modern nursing tops and accessories – all so that mothering can become easy to uphold, even while women maintain a thriving career.
With such products, mothers (especially the first-timers) can free themselves from the issue of people’s social attitude toward breastfeeding, as well as the typical self-consciousness and the worry they experience about exposing themselves while carrying out the important task.
It’s crucial to mention as well that laws have been passed in many countries to protect every mother’s right to perform the duty of nourishing her child. However, even with the law, most mothers can still use some tips to make breastfeeding in public a complete non-issue.
Here are eight breastfeeding tips every nursing mother can use when out and about with the baby.
Know the legal provision for the act.
Other people’s sentiments are always beyond anybody’s control. Therefore, when there are encounters with ignorant people, it always helps to know exactly what a mother’s rights are when it comes to breastfeeding outside of their homes.
Keep the baby in the sling.
A baby sling actually provides a lot of coverage during breastfeeding and it even frees up the hands so that other things can be done. Thus, investing in a good quality baby sling is very helpful in managing the task in public.
Invest in the right items of clothing.
Purchase items of clothing “constructed” to facilitate breastfeeding. There’s already an abundance of them in the market and they are actually such stylish pieces that most people wouldn’t even think they’re designed to make breastfeeding discreet and easy.
Research breastfeeding-friendly places.
Many business establishments have actually set up corners or rooms to accommodate breastfeeding mothers. It’s helpful to find and remember where they are, especially for those who truly feel self-conscious about breastfeeding in public.
These breastfeeding-friendly places tend to offer more privacy and they also have structural features that allow mothers to perform other important tasks as well, such as changing tables, bag holders, comfortable chairs, and others. These are, by far, better than heading to the restrooms for the breastfeeding session.
Bring a scarf.
This is not only a nice accessory to wear because it can make outfits instantly more stylish; it also makes for a great cover-up for breastfeeding.
Learn how to avoid making a big production out of it.
Nothing will draw more attention to breastfeeding than an elaborate preparation. Learn how buttons and snaps can be undone quickly while positioning the baby. Before anybody can take notice, the baby has latched on and mom is properly covered up.
Breastfeed with other breastfeeding mothers.
This is truly empowering. When two or three or more mothers are gathered in a spot to breastfeed, the task becomes less intimidating. Likewise, there’s a lower likelihood for a critical person to express displeasure in breastfeeding in public where there’s more than one breastfeeding mother around.
When there’s no suitable breastfeeding spot in sight, ask around.
This is the perfect opportunity to witness human kindness because there definitely are more understanding people out there than ignorant ones. They are more than willing to help. Some will even offer their help to find a suitable place for breastfeeding or serve as human cover.
With these breastfeeding tips, being out and about with the little one is more manageable. Mothers can take on the world confidently without neglecting their vital “mommy duty.”