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What do you think of Breastfeeding in public?

Posted In Breastfeeding - By KidsMug On Tuesday, March 6th, 2012 With 0 Comments

Breastfeeding in public tends to be controversial and makes many people feel socially uncomfortable. However, if a bottle-fed baby can have his dinner in public, why shouldn’t a breastfed baby have the same rights?

Hungry babies aren’t usually very patient and it’s hard to be a mother without leaving home,  this is why sometimes you are forced to nurse your baby in public. Especially when you leave home, finding a truly private place to breastfeed your baby can be difficult, if not impossible. It may take a while to get used to breastfeeding in public. Many women refuse to nurse their babies in public even when the ” public” is family members in their own home ! The main reason for the refusal of some women is feeling ashamed of revealing their breasts around other people. Ironically, most breastfeeding women reveal much less skin than reveal the dresses of most non breastfeeding moms, girls, women. Yet many people find it inappropriate to nurse their babies in public, however breast revealing dresses are more than welcome.

Anyway using cover-ups can help too. A small blanket can be used to cover your baby while he nurses. There are also special capes and other cover-ups made just for this purpose. This can be a great compromise if it worries you to be too exposed. Sometimes, using a blanket or coverup acts like a flag that says ” I am breastfeeding my baby now”. Some babies feel uncomfortable when they are breastfed while their faces are covered.

You can breastfeed your baby before you leave home, this will help fill your baby’s tank emotionally and nutritionally and may encourage a nap, particularly if you put your baby in a sling. Besides, the car can be a quiet, familiar place for both you and your baby to settle down for a nursing.

To Conclude With, breastfeeding doesn’t stop being best for babies and mothers just because other people are present. Mothers need to continue to give their babies and themselves the best. If you encounter any curious or hostile stares, smile back, knowing that you are contributing to the health of the next generation, and that you are setting a beautiful example for other women, young girls, and expectant mothers. In fact, a women’s right to breastfeed in public is protected by law in many states. Perceptions are changing as people become educated about the health benefits of breastfeeding. Perhaps breastfeeding in public in Lebanon will become as accepted as smoking Nargile in public.

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