I realized the importance of being able to breastfeed just about anywhere only with my second child. The question was if I needed to live my life, not make my older child feel left out, or learn to live comfortably without a support system I needed to stop limiting the places I could feed my child and start removing any obstacles that came along.
When my older one just about 3 years 9 months my second one was born. She was at a stage where parks, beaches, gardens, temples,Â playdates were her life. We were used to an outing every single day. There was no way I could restrict her from her schedule and add on to her insecurities by keeping myself occupied saying I needed to feed the baby and would have to stay home to do that.
I would more often than not, feed the younger one en route to the park in the car or taxi. There were times when I fed her at a crowded park or a club too. I wasn’t shy. I think it’s important for all mother’s to stop feeling that way. Of course you are all covered with your feeding cloak and that’s all that you need.
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Here are 4 things that worked for me:
1. Your only goal is to nurse your child and feed your child when they are hungry. Anywhere. Anytime.
2. Who cares about staring onlookers?
3. If you are on the go then it is easier to feed a hungry child then deal with a cranky baby.
4. You have decided to nurse your child because you know that at that moment, that is the best thing you can do for your baby.
And then there are the onlookers. For all those people who wonder how you can nurse in public, ask them to take a minute and watch this video.