Breastfeeding in public is legal in almost every U.S. state. In fact, most states have enacted laws that not only allow for public breastfeeding but also protect a woman’s right to breastfeed in any public or private space. These protective laws are commonly known yet women are continually being told to cover up or move to a bathroom. The purpose of our breasts is to provide vital sustenance to our babies, so why is it so controversial to breastfeed in public?
In the article, Boobs are for Feeding Babies, Aneta Alaei states the culprit of this controversy is the oversexualizing of breasts in our culture. She goes on to say that it’s up to us to change our mindsets and remember the primary function of our boobs—to feed babies! Women should not feel shamed for doing what’s best for their baby. Not only is breastfeeding best for the baby but the experience in itself is extremely rewarding.
It is important to be knowledgeable and confident when breastfeeding in public. Educate yourself with the laws that apply to your state. You can learn more about those laws here . Once you understand you have the law on your side it’s time to exercise your rights with comfort and confidence. The article Six Tips to Braving Breastfeeding in Public, gives great examples of how to ensure confidence while breastfeeding publicly. First, you should wear a shirt that is easy to maneuver. Shirts that button from the bottom or pull to the side are a great choice. Secondly, practice having your baby latch on while you watch in a mirror so you can see if you are comfortable with that amount of exposure. If you are not, you can practice turning to the side or using a blanket or shawl to cover up.
There are some people who are “okay” with public breastfeeding as long as the mother is using something to cover up. These people are not taking into account that it can be difficult for a new mom to situate their wiggly baby in a comfortable position while keeping a cover over their shoulder. The cover can also get in the way of checking to make sure your baby is latched on properly. Many women also feel that covering up implies that there is something inappropriate with publicly feeding their baby.
Remember, in most states, cover or no cover, the law still protects you the same. What matters is how comfortable you feel. Like Alaie, Aeroflow Breastpumps advocates for full term breastfeeding. A great way to improve breastfeeding compliance is through the support of a double electric breast pump. Learn how to Qualify Through Insurance today.