Sunday, 20 October 2013

Breast Feeding In Public

Published 20.10.13
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!!

Speak Soon

L x


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!!


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14 comments:

  1. I am glad it is easier now. I always tended to make sure I was out the way or tucked in a corner of a coffee shop if I needed to do it in public. I'm not very confident though so tried my best to not do it at all. #twinklytuesday

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    1. I was like that first time round. This time I was just like you know what! I don't care lol
      Thanks for reading
      Lx

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  2. I have no problems feeding in public either. I was nervous for the very first feed, but that quickly passed. I'm glad you found it easier with your second child. #DreamTeam

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    1. I am too haha.
      Thanks for reading!
      Lx

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  3. I don't think it's the breast feeding that's an issue, it's some mums' lack of consideration for other people's sensitivities - and the older generation would find it more embarrassing I think. The bigger issue is the lack of suitable feeding rooms / stations or private areas for mums to feed in (if they choose). So many 'so called' family friendly businesses are, in reality, just paying lip service to the name if they are not providing a facility like that. I've even heard horror stories of mums having to breastfeed in the loos!

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    1. Yes so Have I!! I have always refused to do that! I just forced myself the first time round it to do it!
      Lx

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  4. I think that by the time no. 2 comes along there are really just that more things to worry about than things like breastfeeding. You also probably feel more confident as a mother so wipping it out is no big deal.
    #bigpinklink #twinklytuesday #dreamteam

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    1. Yeah! Like remember clothes for everyone! So if theres any 'I just sat on top of the water mum@ or Butt explosions I have stuff to sort that out with!
      Lx

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  5. Mothercare was my go-to every time I ventured into town when I was breastfeeding. I have to say it was quite depressing but I never felt 100% comfortable doing it in public. #DreamTeam

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    1. Yes that's where I found the first place the first time round!
      Lx

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  6. I used those rooms a lot when my daughter was younger - it was nice to have a quiet place to feed, especially as she used to get very distracted otherwise! #ablogginggoodtime

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  7. So glad you had a better experience the 2nd time around. I have to say breast feeding in Holland is the norm. I never experienced any problems! Thank you for linking up to #ablogginggoodtime 🎉

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  8. I am so with you on this! Your before post and updated bit! I found breatfeeding quite intimidating first time round and I loved those feeding rooms. This time, I don't care! In Mothercare, there may well be one of those rooms, but it's far nicer to sit in the Costa and enjoy a hot chocolate at the same time! I am always discreet but I will feed anywhere - I've even done it in the middle of M&S! Thanks for linking up with #TwinklyTuesday

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  9. My #ablogginggoodtime post is also about breastfeeding in public...I've always breastfed in public & have never had any negative comments or looks. Not that I've noticed anyway!! #ablogginggoodtime

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