The thought of breastfeeding your baby when out and about might be daunting at first, but that’s true of lots of things about being a new parent. A little planning and preparation can help you to feel more confident. Remember that most people never even notice a mum is breastfeeding, and everyone prefers a happy, quiet baby feeding than a hungry, crying one. Although we all understand that babies cry sometimes too.
If you are bottle feeding your baby, then the most important thing to think about is how you will make up milk safely outside the home. Advice on safe bottle feeding can be found in the ‘Guide to bottle feeding’ by Start4life.
If you are breastfeeding:
Breastfeeding helps your baby to feel safe and secure and when they are feeling tired and overwhelmed, it is valued even more. Getting the hang of nursing in public can be really useful for a mum, since if your baby is happily feeding away, you can focus on your own tea, cake and conversation. When you feed your baby outside the home, you are helping the next person to do the same thing. Let’s make this country a great place for mums and babies to feel welcome, however they feed their little ones.