Nursing Tips For New Moms

Kim Kardashian raised eyebrows when she recently tweeted in disgust about a woman breastfeeding a baby at a restaurant. But moms have the right to feed their babies wherever they please, in most places, so how can they do it comfortably -- with or without Kim's support?

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Reality star Kim Kardashian recently made waves when she posted on Twitter about a mom breastfeeding in a restaurant at the table beside her. The June 18th tweet read, "EWW Im at lunch,the woman at the table next 2 me is breast feeding her baby w no coverup then puts baby on the table and changes her diaper."

We agree that changing a diaper at a restaurant table is not kosher,  but in most states (42, in fact), breastfeeding isn't just something that women do -- it's a legally-protected right. And for the women doing it, it's not about you -- it's about the baby they are feeding.

Nonetheless, that got us thinking here at SheKnows about how to make the breastfeeding experience a little easier on mom and baby.

3 Tips for nursing moms

Tip #1: It's natural, so be natural

Of course you are worried ... but as they say, don't let 'em see you sweat. "Be a nursing Jedi. If you are calm, relaxed and casual, no one will notice you are breastfeeding. If you are acting strangely, panicked because your child is crying, you only draw attention to yourself. The best way is to treat it like it is, the most natural thing in the world," says Kari Erickson-Valenzuela, a mom who nursed everywhere from fancy dinners to airports and owner of Mama Made It, LLC.

Tip #2: Ease your mind

If you are worrying about how much you are exposing yourself, then find out -- in a safe place. "Practice at home. Have someone watch you get your baby latched on. You may be surprised to realize that you don't show much skin at all. You can also toss a receiving blanket over your shoulder for when you latch on and then remove it once the baby is covering your skin," says Audrey Ettinger, a mom of two who nursed both kids regularly in public.

Tip #3: Have a sense of humor

Hopefully you never have to deal with it, but sometimes it happens -- someone makes a not-so-nice comment about your breastfeeding in public. Handle it gracefully with a sense of humor. "Sometimes feeding in public can't be helped...so I just arm myself with a sense of humor and a witty or smart retort, depending on what is necessary at the time," says Tamara Komuniecki, a breast-feeding mom and editor-in-chief of the new Delish Mag. "Fact is, we breastfeeding moms can carry all the contraptions in the world invented to cover this function up, but sometimes an errant nipple slip happens and a good thing is to know how to deal with that."

Should you Cover up?

Really, it's up to you whether you want to cover up or not -- and don't let anyone tell you otherwise. If you are among those who are more comfortable when you conceal what you are doing than having the right gear to help is key.

A nursing coverup option is the Bebe au Lait (bebeaulait.com, $35). These clever breastfeeding covers are full enough to ensure that you are always covered, but have an awesome neckline that protrudes out, so that you can always see baby and vice versa. Plus, they come in a variety of pretty fabrics, so you will never feel like a frump.

Want something that doesn't scream NURSING! Check out the cute coverups from Bizzy Babee (bizzybabee.com, $39), which look more like chic wraps. They come in a selection of solid colors.

Other moms swear by having the right sling or wrap to hold baby. The popular Moby Wrap (Mobywrap.com, starts at $39.95) is a flexible, comfortable (for mom and baby!) baby carrier that can be used for nursing on the go. It's discrete and totally functional.

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Comments on "How to breastfeed in public"

rivkacam April 03, 2014 | 4:12 AM

I was in a shopping centre for coffee with my friend and a very healthy BF mother sat two seats away. New baby to attend to, and she not only whipped a huge breast out but decided that the nipple (equally large) needed to be extra clean before proceeding to get baby to latch. Everyone that passed looked, one man came off the main walkway and sat opposite before getting a coffee and sitting for the entire feed. I am sure he just appreciated the sight of mother baby bonding. My friend became very vocal to/at me (not the mother) about the embarrassment she was experiencing. She felt the mother was being "used" by the male observer aged about 30. I explained that it is legal and that the mother was probably so new at doing this she didn't really notice the male opposite or anyone else. My friend thought that we or I should suggest to the male that he should move or whatever. I reiterated that the both the mother and the man had a right to be exactly where they were seated. I thought you might say or list something about this instance in your article about BF in public. I just think some new mothers need to be aware that not everyone has a pure heart or a pure mind.

Anne Marie July 11, 2013 | 10:58 AM

I think the DRIA cover is a way better nursing cover that the ones you brought up. It is softer and much more fashionable. Here is a link, DRIA Nursing Covers so you can see for yourself :)

dan December 18, 2010 | 6:17 AM

This is an infact informative article about Breastfeeding in public which will helps moms how to feed their babies in presence of others and obviously tells us about nursing in public

FIROS December 17, 2010 | 9:32 AM

This section says how to breastfeed their babies in public and also there are tips for how to nurse in public that is tips for nursing moms

roj December 17, 2010 | 6:30 AM

its a good information for the women

jenny December 15, 2010 | 11:18 PM

its really a good breastfeeding in public tips for all the women who have a baby.

Julie July 31, 2010 | 8:39 PM

I breastfed both of my children. For me, doing so in public took some getting used to -- I just wasn't comfortable with it at first, but eventually, I got over it. Baby has to eat, right?

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