When I was a teen, I remember seeing women breastfeeding their babies in public and thinking how beautiful they looked. I couldn't wait till the day I had my own baby to nurse. But as I got older, the stigma surrounding breastfeeding in public wore me down. After I had my first daughter, I remember feeling nervous and even ashamed to nurse in public, like I needed to be somewhere no one could see. I've resorted to feeding in bathroom stalls or in the car, for fear of what people would think.
As I got more comfortable with breastfeeding in public, though, I became more confident. I realized that there should be no shame in something as natural as feeding my baby. I learned that there are many ways to make nursing on-the-go less of a chore to be dreaded and more of a special time to be (dare I say it) enjoyed.
Ultimately, breastfeeding is between you and your child, and if you're not comfortable nursing in public then you shouldn't feel any pressure to do so. But if you want to ease yourself into the practice of nursing in public, here are seven easy tips for discretely nursing in public. Before you know it, you'll be feeding your child whenever, wherever, and serving serious sass to anyone that tries to shame you.