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How to Prep for Nursing in Public

By michellehorton |

There comes in a point in your pregnancy when you subtly shift from prepping for the pregnancy (maternity clothes, ultrasound appointments, prenatal testing) to prepping for the baby (finding nursery color schemes, googling “postpartum must-haves,” and finding a pediatrician).

And one of the biggest things that moms-to-be often think about is breastfeeding. We look at our feeding options, take prenatal breastfeeding classes, and research different breast pumps.

But one thing that I didn’t think about was my breastfeeding wardrobe — which I found to be even more limiting than my maternity wardrobe.

So if you’re thinking about breastfeeding once your little one comes, there will come a time when you’ll need to feed him or her in public. This is a natural, healthy thing you’re doing, and no one has the right to tell you to stop. That being said, not all moms are comfortable exposing certain post-baby body parts, and it can make them feel a little uncomfortable.

So here are some tips on how to comfortably and discreetly nurse in public from my blogging friend Lacy of Living on Love:

Here’s a cheat sheet of my favorite products for public breastfeeding:

photo: Lacy Stroessner

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Michelle Horton is the founder of Early Mama, an award-winning site that proves young motherhood doesn’t have to define or limit us. When not writing, she’s typically pretending to be a superhero in her 4-year-old son’s imaginative play. Read bio and latest posts → Read Michelle's latest posts →

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3 thoughts on “How to Prep for Nursing in Public

  1. Lacy says:

    Thank you so much for sharing my vlog, Michelle! I truly hope that these tips can help other mamas out! The more we know, the better we can be! The more mamas who nurse in public, the more normal it will become!

    XOXO-
    Lacy

  2. Jamie says:

    I would add Undercover Mama to the list of handy breastfeeding wardrobe options. It turns any shirt into a nursing shirt. It’s very long and, like love, covers a multitude of sins.

  3. Jamie says:

    Love these tips. In the 23 years that I nursed my 9 children, I saw so many neat gadgets and helpful aids come along to help with breastfeeding and they just keep getting better!
    I recently wrote a post about an experience I had breastfeeding.

    http://lifefullyloaded.com/2013/04/22/if-a-baby-needs-to-eat-feed-it/

    Thanks again for the tips!
    Jamie

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