Yes – you can breastfeed discreetly in public! With the right supplies, you can feel confident nursing your baby no matter where you are.
Many breastfeeding mothers are looking for easy ways to breastfeed confidently and discreetly in public spaces. Here are a few expert tips on how to breastfeed while out and about.
A word on nappy bags
Nappy bags can quickly become cumbersome items that you don’t want to carry around with you. Because you’ll probably keep your wallet and cellphone in there as well, it’s critical that your valuables are kept safe – but you’ll still need quick access to all of your baby’s necessities while out and about.
You should also consider the surfaces on which your nappy bag and handbag are stored. Germs abound on counters and (especially) bathroom floors, which are then transferred to your bags and, eventually, your hands as you handle them. By keeping your bags off the ground, you reduce the risk of viruses or bacteria infecting your family, helping to keep them safe and healthy.
Straps for strollers
Baby Cait has created adjustable stroller straps that allow you to easily clip your handbag and nappy bag to any stroller, allowing you to keep your valuables close to you while caring for your child. The Baby Cait Stroller Straps are made locally from strong and durable webbing that won’t fray or break easily. They come in packs of two in a variety of colours, making them even more convenient.
The best way to breastfeed privately in public
When you’re out and about, finding a private place to breastfeed can be difficult. This is why products like specially designed wraps or aprons with a semicircle of wire in the top so you can still see your baby while she feeds make life easier by providing you with the privacy you require no matter where you are. Other options include baby slings, wrap-front cardigans, flowing tunic, or peasant tops.
What to include in your nappy bag
Here’s a handy checklist:
- Disposable nappies
- An extra set of clothes
- A mat for changing (preferably one that is easy to clean)
- Wipes for babies
- Balm for baby’s bum
- Nappy sacks, disposable (you never know when you’ll need them!)
- Antibacterial hand sanitizer
- Sunscreen for babies and a hat
- Teething biscuits, bottles, dummies, and other snacks
- A sleeping blanket