Breastfeeding In Public

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This post was written as part of The Breastfeeding Cafe’s Carnival. For more info on the Breastfeeding Cafe, go to For more info on the Carnival or if you want to participate, contact Claire at clindstrom2 {at} gmail {dot} com. Today’s post is about nursing in public. Please read the other blogs in today’s carnival listed below and check back for more posts July 18th through the 31st! 


When my son was an infant – actually for his entire first year of existence – he nursed every hour. So, no matter where I went with him, we always ended up nursing in public. By the time we got to where ever we were going – it was always time to nurse. So I have literally nursed at just about every public venue that you can think of or imagine. You name it, I’ve nursed there.

Breastfeeding in Public with Skinies Open Cup Nursing Cami

I am a strong proponent of nursing in public. I never thought about it much before having a baby – but after my son was born, I quickly realized that if I wanted to go anywhere or do anything, I would need to learn how to nurse in public – or I would be stuck at home. Not all babies nurse as frequently as mine did – but many moms find that when they are out, at some time or another, their baby will need to nurse. I can remember seeing moms nursing their babies and not knowing where to look or what to do. I now always give the mom a sweet smile or a pass along a “thumbs up” or say “good job.” There are so many moms that are worried about breastfeeding in public, so I always make a point of showing them that I care. It’s a simple way to really make a difference in someone’s day.

There are lots of ways to feel comfortable breastfeeding in public – but the most important thing is to keep in mind that you are taking care of your baby. I changed my entire career and started a business – all because of breastfeeding in public. It was the breastfeeding gear that helped me to breastfeed in public comfortably (I LIVED in nursing tops) – and they were so difficult to find – online and in person – so I quit my job and started a business that has blossomed into so much more than just gear.

What helped you to breastfeed in public? Were you inspired by another person? Or did you have a favorite piece of gear that made it easier? Please leave a comment and share your story!


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