I found breast feeding in public very intimidating and uncomfortable. I felt like people were either staring at me, or they were tutting as they were walking past. I got to the point where I would rather either just not go out or rush out in between feeds, and that's not healthy for anyone. Not you or your baby!
I don't know why older people inperticular seem to have an issue with breast feeding. Its the most natural thing in the world. Why waste all that milk you are producing when your baby could be taking it! Its not even as though I was showing any boob! I always had a feeding cover with me. We would sit in the back corner of restaurants or cafes to feed Holly and yet people would still have a problem with it.
However in most shopping areas now and in Mother care shops there are feeding rooms!! Once I found these rooms it made going out so much more enjoyable!! They have seats and bottle warmers and there plenty of room for buggies dads and of course you and your baby :D Its not just a feeding place though, I found that it was a very sociable place. Mums would sit and chat while feeding the babies and dads would stand and chat while waiting and there's no uncomfortable stares or tutting going on.
So if you are breast feeding, keep an eye out for these feeding rooms. An don't let people get you down when you are feeding in public!! Its them that has the problem not you!!
FAST FORWARD 28.03.17 and on my second child!!
I can firmly and happily say this time round breast feeding was NOT a problem. I don't have a problem with it, if you have a problem with it don't watch me feed! Why would you sit and watch me feed my child anyway?!
I only breast fed Charlotte for 6 weeks then swapped to bottles. But I had no issues in whipping that boob out to feed her. Don't get me wrong I still covered up or had a big jumper on. But It wasn't as bad and I didn't feel as bad as that first time.
Did it have something to do with me being 27 this time round rather than 24? Who knows. But it was a ton easier to breast feed in public with no. 2!!