When I had my first born I dreaded nursing in public. So much so, I limited my outings and if I was out and about I’d nurse him in the car. Since I didn’t have prior experience nursing I didn’t have confidence. I tried several different nursing covers and none of them seem to cover me enough. The ones I experimented with would cover my entire front side and not my back so if I lifted my shirt my back was out in the open and it was just uncomfortable. I’m all about women having the right to nurse in public without feeling awkward but my personality is a little more reserved. Once I had my second, I quickly realized it was not an option… I have to nurse in public because we are always on the go. Below are 5 tips that I have found to make nursing more comfortable in public:
- Have a good nursing cover – I finally found I cover that I absolutely love by @Coveredgoods! Not only does it cover my entire front side but also my back. It’s easy to put on, it’s a multi use cover and is beautiful. I can’t tell you how many compliments I have gotten on it. I’ve partnered with Covered Goods for you to have a chance to win a free one. Visit my Instagram page for more details. You can also purchase one on their website Coverdgoods . See below for a discount code
- Invest in a good nursing bra and some nursing clothes – A good nursing bra makes all the difference. You can spot a good bra by checking out how easy it is to clip and unclip. I went through a few that were frustrating more than anything, then I finally found a good one and it felt like I won the jackpot! Having a few nursing tops and/or dresses is also a plus. You can still be stylish while wearing nursing clothes. A few of my favorite brands are: Loyal Hana and Savi Mom, which can be purchased at Nordstrom and other retailers.
- Remove yourself from the mix – If possible, I spot a place that is a little removed from the crowd. My little one tends to be easily distracted so if there is a lot of noise or action she probably won’t nurse. This is not always an option but when it is, it makes it that much easier.
- Find a comfortable place to sit – There is nothing worse than trying to nurse a hungry baby while standing and trying to bend over. Find a comfy chair or place on the ground where you can lean up against something.
- Have a burp cloth handy – I can’t tell you how many times I’ve been in the middle of nursing and realize I forgot my burp cloth in the diaper bag. Grab one before you find your comfy spot.
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Practice makes perfect!
The more you do it, the more comfortable you will be 🙂
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