Breastfeeding in public – it’s not unusual
Here’s some of the extreme places Eliza and I have breastfed over the past 18 months:
A crowded bus in central London, the tube during rush hour, a train during rush hour, a train full of drunken football fans, on various busy station platforms, on a beach in Bournemouth, on a beach in France, walking down a busy road, on a cross-channel ferry, at the zoo, at the Tate Modern, in various museums, at the Olympic torch relay and at the actual Olympics.
Then, of course, there’s the hundreds of normal and less remarkable places: cafes, parks, pubs, restaurants, living rooms, sofas, play dates, baby groups and yoga classes.
And the amount of negative feeding experiences I’ve had during this time? None. And the amount of positive experiences? Loads; the best being an older lady who tapped me on the shoulder on the crowded bus in central London and said “that is so lovely to see” (read more in Mother Scuffer’s post on public feeding).
We’ve fed on-demand since Eliza was born, and as she generally wanted feeding every hour and a half for months this meant we’ve done a lot of public feeding. I was apprehensive the first time I fed in public, but it was with my NCT group and everyone else did it (I’m sure they were just as apprehensive). And at the time, I was more conscious of a crying, hungry baby than getting my boobs out.
You shouldn’t be at all afraid of feeding in public, as feeding your baby is much more important. If it makes you feel more comfortable to wear a cover, wear a cover – but never, ever feel you have to. I’ve always favoured the top up / vest down approach, and then after a short while you do stop really caring if people see. I’m sure most of the time people actually don’t, and if they do, they’ll probably be more positive than you’re expecting.
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