Some breastfeeding moms choose to never nurse in public. Then there are the brazen breastfeeders, who nurse wherever, whenever, and could give a you-know-what if someone sees their nipples. Perhaps you were a little shy at the beginning — hiding in corners with your nursing cover, or using your partner as a human shield — but now? Now you're nursing like a badass boss. There are some telltale signs you've officially stopped caring about breastfeeding in public, and if you recognize more than a few of them, well, you're probably reading this with your top off.
I started off nursing in public feeling a little shy. I tried the nursing cover, but my infant son was not having it. He insisted I nurse with my boob out for all to see, my newly dark and swollen nipples exposed every time a sound captured his attention and made him swiftly turn his head away from his task. To fight my embarrassment, I'd try to picture everyone around me topless. For the men, I'd try to picture them in sexy bras. Most of the time it worked to ease my anxiety. After some time, though, I got more and more comfortable. Some would say too comfortable, I'm sure (hint: by the time I was a pro at breastfeeding, I was practically fine sitting naked in restaurants).
Breastfeeding in public is not for everyone, and it doesn't necessarily mean that you just love having your body out there for everyone to look at. But for many women, it is the choice that feels most comfortable when they are out with their babies, and what works with the rhythm of their bodies. For me, I couldn't be around my babies without them wanting to nurse, so having a bottle of breast milk for public outings wasn't a viable option for us. Looking back, I liked nursing in public. It felt easy, it felt right, and after a bit of time it felt very natural for me. Here are some ways you can tell that you're completely unfazed by breastfeeding with an audience: