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I frequently get questions about breastfeeding in public and I wanted to create this post to talk about a few tips and tricks with you all! First though, one of my DREAMS came true. Today’s post is in collaboration with QVC and Barefoot Dreams. Guys, I nearly passed out from excitement when I got a hold of this one. I am so incredibly blown away that I am able to work alongside some of my favorite brands and all because I chased a passion of mine. Never give up on your dreams friends, never ever! As many of you know, I rave about Barefoot Dreams all the time in my stories and in my try-on sessions in the past. The brand has the coziest line of cardigans I have ever worn in my entire life and once I entered motherhood, there was nothing better than finding a good cardigan. Best part about this post is that the cardigan is being offered to you all at the lowest available price thru TODAY ONLY (9/16) on QVC! Woot!
I am wearing a size small, the arms are fitted so I would size up if you want to wear long sleeves underneath and you are in between sizes 🙂
Tips for Breastfeeding in Public
When I had our first baby, I was terrified to breastfeed in public. I was incredibly awkward and looked like a FOOL getting underneath those nursing covers. Once I had my second child, I was much more comfortable with breastfeeding in public but I still dreaded the “nursing cover” that pulls over your head. It tends to make things awkward and I didn’t like that there was minimal airflow under there. Through the years I have gotten much better at putting together breastfeeding friendly styles that don’t require a nursing cover and allow you to nurse with as little or as much coverage as YOU are personally comfortable with. Some like no cover at all and most of the time, I am that person! But there may be certain locations where you want to conceal completely and I am going to give you some tips and tricks to get you more comfortable with breastfeeding in public!
My most important tip: Do NOT stay at home because you are nervous to nurse in public. SO many mamas out there nurse in public and you won’t be more comfortable until you try! Get some fresh air, I promise you won’t regret it!
Tip #2: Find a really great cardigan and stick with it for life.
Insert: Barefoot dreams. A brand that delivers the best cardigan on the market. Super soft, durable and perfect for nursing. I wear mine all the time both inside and outside of the home! When I wear a cardigan, I always wear a nursing friendly tank or tee underneath. With today’s outfit, I put on a basic white tank over my naked tank! It allows me to lift the top tank up and have midsection coverage at the same time. Alternatively, throw on a wrap style tee, button down henley or just a basic tank and wrap a scarf around the midsection! The options really are endless and it makes breastfeeding in style so much easier!
Barefoot Dreams Cozychic Lite Montecito Cardi with Pockets (best price on the market thanks to QVC!)
Fav pair of white denim and super affordable too!
Tank (sold out)
Tip #3: When in a restaurant or coffee shop (etc), find the corner table.
It’s much easier to have a bit of space around you and be in the corner where you will be exposed to less people (if you are more concerned with concealing)! I am at the point where I will nurse anywhere and everywhere and you may get there too! 😉
Tip #4: If you can’t find a chair or spot to nurse, there’s always the car!
I find myself more often than not, nursing in the car! It’s super easy and you can blast the AC/heat as needed in there too 😉
Tip #5: If you find that someone is staring at you, offer them a nice big smile back.
You HAVE the RIGHT to breastfeed anywhere you please. Don’t let anyone ever tell you otherwise. I personally haven’t had anyone ever say anything to me OR stare at me in the 2+ years that I have breastfed all my babies. It’s very common practice! 🙂
Tip #6: If you feel really uncomfortable, practice a bit at home first.
Wear the outfit you plan to wear in public and just practice breastfeeding at home first. Once you get comfortable, venture out there and take a deep breathe. YOU’VE GOT THIS and you’re getting much needed fresh air and contact with other human beings! 🙂 YAY!
Do you have any other tips that should be added to this list? What has worked for you when it comes to nursing in public? Tell us in the comments below!