You finally have this nursing thing down. Mom and baby have developed a routine together and are ready to brave the world by venturing out in public. Are you prepared to nurse in public places? Be ready for any situation with this month’s newsletter.
A nursing Mom doesn’t have to worry about bringing bottles, formula or water with her. Breastmilk is always ready at the perfect temperature. But what about being discreet while nursing? There are several things to be prepared with before leaving the house.
- Wear 2-piece outfits, or a nursing top
- Wear an easy to unlatch with one hand nursing bra
- Bring a blanket or nursing cover
Wearing 2-piece outfits can be helpful especially if the top is loose fitting. Mom can easily lift up her top and toss a blanket over her shoulder. It is also convenient to wear nursing tank tops that have a flap to keep your tummy covered. Breastfeeding Support & Supplies of Omaha has 3 different styles of tank tops to choose from by Bravado!®, Medela and Glamourmom®.
When buying nursing bras, it’s a good idea to practice undoing the clip to see if you can do it with one hand. Breastfeeding Support & Supplies of Omaha has 10 styles of nursing bras. While nursing, the breasts can be much larger than before baby-make sure to visit for a free fitting and consultation on a comfortable nursing bra.
Another option is to have a nursing cover that provides mom and baby with privacy. They also allow mom only to see baby with their rigid, bowed neckline. Breastfeeding Support & Supplies carries the Bebe Au Lait nursing covers and also Moby Wraps. The Moby Wrap is a great way to have baby tucked in close to you and be able to breastfeed without anyone noticing. Breastfeeding Support & Supplies offers all the 10 colors of Moby Wraps plus their limited edition colors.
Moms may want to practice latching baby on in front of a mirror so they can feel more comfortable doing it in public. Going to a breastfeeding support group or a La Leche League meeting are good places to start since other moms will be nursing as well. Many stores and restaurants offer family-style areas that can provide a more private area for nursing.
Venturing away from home can also include baby’s first airplane ride. Nursing babies are easy to take along as there are no bottles or formula to deal with! Nursing while ascending and descending will help baby adjust easily to pressure changes. Anyone who has ever sat next to a screaming baby whose ears are killing them would much prefer sitting next to a happily breastfeeding baby instead! Don’t forget to keep your breastpump with you to ensure it’s safe arrival at your destination.
Enjoy traveling with your breastfed baby. It will be easier than you expected!
Still have questions? Don’t hesitate to call or email me anytime with your concerns. I am here to assist you in any way I can.