We hate to say it but judgmental stares are unavoidable when mums breastfeed in public. Kill those stares with confidence when it’s time to feed your little one with these tips.
WORDS NURULHUDA SUHAIMI
Breastfeeding creates a precious bonding experience unique to mother and baby. However, it can still be stressful for some mums, especially those who are breastfeeding for the first time. And having to breastfeed in public can make it all the more stressful due to the inevitable stares mums receive.
Whether they choose to cover or not, mums should be able to nurse their baby in public freely with no judgment from other people. Unfortunately, we don’t live in an ideal world where that happens.
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If you feel anxious or uncomfortable when breastfeeding in public, here are some tips that might come in handy.
1. Know the law
Arm yourself with the knowledge that breastfeeding in public isn’t against the law in Singapore. You’re not doing anything illegal or offensive.
If you’re getting uncomfortable because of stares
from people around you, remind yourself that you’re doing
what is completely in your right to do.
2. Use your carrier
It can be a hassle trying to manoeuvre a nursing cover over your baby while they are crying for a feed. If your baby is already in their carrier, simply feed them right there. Some carriers also have a hood attached which allows you to cover while nursing.
3. Wear nursing clothes
Nursing clothes have a front opening that allows your baby easy access to your breast. Luckily, breastfeeding mums now have more choices when it comes to stylish nursing wear. Just scour online and you’ll be sure to find something up your street.
If you’re not keen on buying new clothes, another alternative is to create DIY nursing wear. Simply do this by incorporating an invisible zipper at the front of your pre-pregnancy tops or dresses. Or you can send your clothes to a tailor if you don’t have the sewing skills or the time.
Finally, another cost-saving option is to go through your existing wardrobe! You might already have clothes that are breastfeeding appropriate such as off-shoulder tops, button-downs, and bandeau dresses.
4. Find strength in numbers
If you have mummy friends who are breastfeeding too, how about rounding them up for a girls’ day out? This way you won’t be alone when you need to nurse your baby. This can be a huge confidence booster especially if you’re a first-time mum.
If you don’t have other breastfeeding mummy pals in your circle, find support in your family members and close friends. The important thing here is having company while you’re nursing in public. The social support will help you get through your nerves as well as the stares from other people.
5. Baby is always top priority
Last but not least, always remind yourself that your baby’s needs come first over anything else.
If you notice people staring at you, just take a peek at
your satisfied little one nursing happily. Nothing else matters
more than that image right before you.
We know it’s easier said than done, but at the end of the day, you’re doing what is completely natural. Comfort yourself with the thought that you’re in amazing company with other breastfeeding mums out there, and that you’re doing what’s best for your baby.
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