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Too embarrassed to breastfeed in public?

by on August 17, 2010

There are many reasons that new mothers might opt out of breastfeeding but fearing embarrassment when needing to feed in public is one of the most common and is one that I also succumbed to.

Now that the experience of breastfeeding is 3 years behind me I do look at it through rose-tinted glasses, knowing that next time around it’ll be the picture of serenity and I will be mother earth and perfectly happy to feed my little miracle in public.  However, if I realistically look back to those breastfeeding days with my son, contending with sore cracked nipples and juggling nipple shields to aid feeding was one thing behind closed doors but not something I felt I wanted to share with the world.

Denise Van Outen, gBreastfeeding in Publicave up breastfeeding her daughter Betsy after less than a month as she didn’t like the idea of being spotted nursing in Starbucks. Or, having everyone looking, tutting and waiting to see how she dealt with her screaming hungry baby.

The decision on how long to breastfeed is obviously a very personal, free choice but research from La Leche League, a breastfeeding support organisation has shown that nine out of ten women who stop breastfeeding in the early months would like to have continued for longer. It can take time for the mother and baby to learn together.

In the early days, many women feel self-conscious about feeding outside the house but given time and practice this gets easier.  Wearing especially designed breastfeeding clothes or keeping a Mamascarf in your change bag helps enormously with feeding discreetly … this is my mantra that I keep repeating  and look forward to my next (more informed and equiped!) experience of breastfeeding.


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One Comment
  1. This one is rambling on and on in the press with Gisele wading in with a belief that fomula milk should be outlawed. This is a hot topic in the office, but more of that with a later blog post.

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