A story about a Canadian mom feeling "shamed" by a flight attendant for openly breastfeeding her five-month-old baby went viral earlier this March.
The mom claims that a flight attendant threw a blanket towards her husband and advised him to "help her out", indicating that she should cover herself up while feeding her son. The problem was, her son was unable to feed comfortably with a blanket over him, making the process incredibly frustrating for this young mom and her baby.
While it is perfectly legal to breastfeed in public in Australia, and most airlines permit breastfeeding during a flight, the fact is that many babies, like the child in the news story, strongly protest being covered while feeding, leaving many moms feeling uncomfortable and embarrassed.
Fortunately, there are solutions that every mom can try so that both she and her baby remain comfortable whether feeding privately in the home or out among strangers.
Double Duty Slings and Wraps
Many of the slings and wraps on the market today allow for mom to position her baby close to her breast while also keeping her breast covered. With a bit of practice and patience, many moms are even able to feed while walking and going about their day to day activities.
Clothing designed specifically for the nursing mom allows for moms to feed without exposing her breast, back and tummy. The clothing here at Auqust features a fabric cover that conceals most of the breast while your baby covers the rest. Simply draw your baby in close to you prior to opening the top and you can discreetly feed your little one while remaining chic and fashionable.
Swim Suit Cover-Ups
Whether poolside or at the beach, throw a cover-up over your bathing suit that can be lifted from the bottom. Find a cool shady area for you and your baby, and you can easily go completely unnoticed while you feed.
Planning before you go is key for moms who may feel nervous about feeding in public. A good rule of thumb is to feed your baby before you leave for an outing, or if you’d prefer, feed in the car prior to stepping into a store. Many malls and other public places now feature nursing rooms so that breastfeeding moms have a quiet retreat for her and baby to settle down and be comfortable.