Jennifer - posted on 01/14/2010 ( 19 moms have responded )
Related to the "public breastfeeding" convo, I'd like some advice on how to breastfeed in public. I read a lot of moms saying they don't cover up, and that people can't generally tell. I've got a 3 month old, and I'm worried about bf-ing in public. I had been feeding him in a Moby wrap, but he's getting too big for that, at least the way I've been keeping him in there.
I've got large breasts and what seem like huge areolae to me. I've been told I have too much cleavage at work in my Motherhood Maternity tops. When my baby's latched on, I still see some of my areola. My breasts seem like they are bigger than my baby's head so I'm not sure how I could breastfeed in public sans cover without flashing the world or just having a ton of flesh showing.
Also, what do you do when your baby struggles to latch on? He always seems to latch on instantly in the beginning, but then he comes off to look around or something and can't seem to get back on without a lot of help. He'll scream in frustration, and everyone turns in my direction. This happens a lot when he's in the Moby, and sometimes at home with no cover. When that happens, I have to calm him down a little before trying to get him latched on again. I can just imagine me in public with my breast hanging out of my top, and a baby over my shoulder while everyone stares at me and my screaming baby...
Are you comfortable just letting everyone see what's there? Do people really not gawk or get offended?