Regardless of whether or not you celebrate the Fourth, if you live in the United States chances are you'll be within earshot of fireworks or in close proximity to Independence Day festivities. From parades and picnics to carnivals and cookouts, millions of Americans will come together to celebrate the anniversary of the day Congress officially adopted the Declaration of Independence. And while it might not be obvious, Fourth of July festivities are great for breastfeeding.
Sure, there are the classic Fourth of July recipes, American flag everything, and patriotic songs on blast everywhere you go. And if you're the type to adore a parade, chances are you'll be listening to your local high school's marching band — a nostalgia bomb if there ever was one. Or maybe you'll be watching fireworks from your backyard BBQ, happy to skip the crowds and simply enjoy the day at home with close friends and family. Either way, the Fourth of July is sure to be a day marked by random history lessons from our elders and patriotic posts on social media. I know I'm already prepared for my loud neighbor to sing the "Star-Spangled Banner" as the fireworks blast off in uptown Manhattan.
But for nursing parents, the parades and cookouts mean freedom to nurse without all of the attention that usually comes with it. Remaining incognito while your boobs are out is arguably a win, sure, but that's not the only reason why Independence Day latches are great. Here are seven reasons why breastfeeding during the Fourth is pretty great, in case you're preparing to nurse in the middle of all that freedom: