Can I breastfeed anywhere?

July 7, 2017

Are you feeling a bit anxious about breastfeeding in public? Most mums do. It can take time to feel comfortable about nursing your newborn outside of the home but the key thing to remember is that you have every right to feed your baby in public.

In England and Wales it's against the law for anyone to ask a breastfeeding woman to leave a public place, like a restaurant or library, because she's nursing her baby. You can breastfeed in cafes and parks to gyms and galleries as well as on buses, trains and planes. Cinemas, theatres, petrol stations, shopping centres, malls and supermarkets are fine too (because when baby has got to eat, baby has got to eat no matter where you are!). The only place where you can't breastfeed is where there's a legitimate safety risk, for example near to radiation or chemicals.

Even if you're back at work and wish to express your milk for later use, many bosses will allow you to take some time out in the day to use your breast pump (some even have mother and baby rooms).

Remember that if you choose to breastfeed your baby in public, the law is on your side. Breastfeeding is a natural activity and one that has heaps of emotional and physical benefits for your child -- no one has the right to hamper your choice to do so. Plus, your milk is free, always on tap, at room temperature and made on demand; it's practically the perfect take-away meal for a baby.

If you feel self-conscious about feeding al fresco you might like to use a breastfeeding cover up to nurse discreetly. In fact, a simple shawl will do the same job. Did you know you can also feed your baby from the comfy confines of a sling too?

Once you get the knack for breastfeeding when you're out and about, you'll soon wonder why it was ever a problem to begin with. Practice makes perfect!


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