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  • Tips For Nursing In Public

    I used to dread nursing in public, but the alternative was never leaving the house for more than 2 hours at a time so I eventually got used to it. Here are a few tips I picked up along the way:

    1. Nursing tops aren’t necessary, but they are nice to have. If you have the money, invest in at least a few nursing tops. I have only one, but I love it. It’s a V-neck tee from Motherhood Maternity, and is basically one shirt sewn on top of the other. You pull the top shirt up to expose a slit for your breast in the bottom shirt when you want to nurse. It’s very easy to stay covered up with my nursing top. (Note: Motherhood appears to only sell nursing bras online, but they have a small selection of tops in stores.)
    2. Loose T-shirts are easier to nurse in than blouses. Before Alex was born, someone had suggested I wear a button-down shirt and unbutton from the bottom when I wanted to nurse. I tried it and hated it. I felt quite exposed, and it was a huge pain buttoning and unbuttoning the shirt while holding a newborn. Instead, I came to favor loose V-neck T-shirts (I own about six of these shirts from Target). I just pull up the side that I’m nursing on just enough for Alex to get a latch and hold Alex close to me.
    3. Don’t cover up with a blanket. I dispensed with the blanket over the shoulder pretty early on because I felt like I was wearing a sign that screamed “nursing mom.” As long as I pull my shirt up just far enough for Alex to get a latch, there’s nothing to see, and to a casual passerby, I look like I’m just cradling my baby.
    4. Practice. I learned to nurse in public in a very safe environment, namely among the other moms in our playgroup. Sometimes we were at someone’s house, other times we were out as a group. Nursing in public with a bunch of other nursing moms is much less intimidating than doing it alone.


    1. My most favorite place to nurse my son is in the quiet back seat of the car. And I agree that teeshirts work better than blouses.

    2. Yup, the back seat can be a good place to nurse. Some malls have family lounges with nursing booths also.