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Where to breastfeed

Breastfeeding isn’t something you need to hide, but it’s important that you do whatever makes you feel comfortable.

A few hints and tips

  • You never need to go and hide in a toilet!
  • Try and get settled somewhere before your baby gets hungry. If they start crying they might draw more attention to you.
  • In cafés, find a comfortable place to feed. If you have to keep moving your chair, it might upset the baby’s feed.
  • If you’d prefer to find somewhere out of the way to breastfeed try these:
    • Fitting rooms.
    • In a café with your back to the room.
    • In the car.
    • Using your pram or buggy to help screen you and your baby.

Clothes

Breastfeeding is nothing to be embarrassed about. But knowing how to avoid flashing your boobs can help you feel more confident. Using a sling or a pouch can make carrying baby easier, because they put less strain on your back, and they cover you up as well. The other thing that really helps is practice. The more you do it, the better you get at getting baby latched on quickly.

Clothes that work

  • Any tops that unbutton from the bottom.
  • Stretchy tops that pull up
  • Two-piece outfits, if you’re going somewhere special.
  • You can now get trendy bras and tops that are made specially for breastfeeding.
  • Jackets, cardigans and shirts over a vest top are all great – use them as a screen and they’ll cover almost everything!
  • Scarves and baby blankets are also good at keeping things under wraps.

Clothes that don’t

  • Shirts that you have to unbutton – they can make you feel really exposed.

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