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Breastfeeding In Public: 5 Basic Things To Know

Breastfeeding in public is not a crime.

1. Do know your rights.

Breastfeeding in public is not a crime. Women have a right to breastfeed outside of their homes. Further, the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act requires employers to provide reasonable time for breaks for nursing mother. If a woman is told otherwise, she should explain that in feeding her baby, she’s acting within her rights.

2. Do what’s comfortable for you.

If you’re comfortable nursing in public, go for it. If you’re uncomfortable, but still willing to give it a try, find ways that will make you more at ease. There are a number of blankets, front carriers, and other accessories available to shield you. Find what works best for you and stick with it.

3. Do plan ahead.

Pack your diaper bag with anything you might need for nursing — burp cloths, blankets, and more. Pack plenty of wet wipes: You’ll be out in public and will want to make sure that both you and your baby are clean.

4. Do take care of yourself.

It’s easy to get carried away in focusing on what your baby needs. Moms must always remember to take care of their own needs, too. Pack a water bottle or another beverage so you stay hydrated. Order a meal or snack to give you energy. By taking better care of yourself, you’re taking better care of your baby.

5. Do have confidence and enjoy yourself.

Nursing your baby is one of the best things you can do. Be proud of what you’re doing and enjoy the nursing experience. You’ll be on to the next phase before you know it

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