Breastfeeding in public is hard enough on its own without the stares, the complaints, and your baby trying to whip their head around to see a new sale on shoes with your nipple still in their mouth. It's enough to make some moms search for tips for breastfeeding in a public bathroom just so they can have some type of peace when it's time to nurse their child.
I know — you would't eat your lunch in there, so why should your baby? The truth is, some moms feel like they have no other choice than to breastfeed in a public bathroom. Whether they have no support from their friends or family or aren't sure of the laws in their state about breastfeeding on a bench in the middle of the city, some women go for the bathroom as a place to feed their baby. When I was breastfeeding my daughter, I had tons of support and plenty of people showing me how easy it was to nurse in public, but I still insisted on a cover to keep it private for my own comfort, despite the annoyance of a baby who has discovered her hands and the ability to whip fabric off of her head and my breasts. It was challenging and frustrating, and I was so grateful to find places that had nursing rooms or family bathrooms so I could have a little peace.
But for the mom who's breastfeeding in a public bathroom, I salute you. I'm also offering you these nine tips for doing so, so that you and your little one can make the most out of your situation.