What to do if you are nervous about breastfeeding in public. I was nervous about breastfeeding in public when I was pregnant and before I had done it for the first few times. There are some simple things that you can do to make you feel more confident about breastfeeding in public for the first time.
Taking a friend, mum or partner with you is a great idea. It is always good to have some moral support. I breastfed in public for the first time with some of my ante natal group mums / NCT mums. It gave me more confidence.
Go somewhere that you know if breastfeeding friendly. A local cafe or coffee shop where mums gather is often your best bet.
Plan your route. It is always best to feed your baby before they start screaming to be fed, especially in the early days
Sit out of the way at a corner table until you feel more confident. That way you won’t have as many people walking past you.
Someone once advised me to breastfeed at home in front of a full length mirror. It is a great way of showing you what can actually be seen! The answer is probably not as much as you thought!
Layer up your clothes, so you can cover bits of you up accordingly or use a breastfeeding cover / nursing cover like a Mamascarf. My experiences of breastfeeding were what led me to come up with the idea for Mamascarf in the first place.
Good luck! It gets a bit easier every time in the early days.