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Out and about with your new baby

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The thought of breastfeeding your baby whilst out and about might feel a little daunting at first but a little planning and preparation can make you feel more confident. Most people never even realise a baby is breastfeeding!

A mother and baby have a protected, lawful right to breastfeed in public places.

  • It may help to practice feeding in front of a large mirror at home; you will then see what you look like to other people. Most people do not usually notice that a baby is breastfeeding.
  • Having a wall at your back or to the side of you whilst feeding in a café can make you feel more confident. Having a supportive friend or relative with you will help in the early days.
  • The “cradle hold” can be more discreet for feeding in public – if you are not sure ask your midwife or health visitor to show you how to feed like this.
  • Wearing layers and front opening top/cardigan or jacket over your top helps avoid exposing the side of your tummy and midriff.
  • Layering your tops can be helpful. Two light, loose tops can be easier for feeding and you can pop your baby under a loose-fitting top without exposing yourself too much.
  • With practice, you can breastfeed your baby in most slings or wraps and the fabric of the baby carrier will cover the baby and your breast.
  • Carry a cotton or silk scarf in your bag so that if you feel a little unsure of yourself when feeding the scarf can be draped over your shoulder and across the baby. This will look more like “normal” clothing than using a muslin cloth or a baby blanket that can make baby uncomfortably warm.
  • If you have a car, you may find it handy to feed baby in the car when you reach your destination, so that baby has received a good feed before you go shopping.

Most places would rather have a happy, quiet baby feeding than a crying hungry one! Above all look confident and be PROUD that you are giving your baby the best start in life!

Some places choose to make their welcome even clearer by signing up to the North Wales Breastfeeding Welcome Scheme and displaying this sign.