Ah yes, the time has to come at some point where you leave the security of your post-partum bedroom hibernation and take your baby and your boobs OUT. Not out-out, that would be irresponsible surely, but just out – a cafe maybe; a lunch somewhere; a shopping expedition; the doctors perhaps; or, in the case of my first ever public feed, a cricket game…
I’ve never experienced direct negativity when I’ve been feeding either of my children ‘in public’. Well, possibly I have but didn’t notice because it’s unfathomable to me as to why anyone would find it odd. But also possibly because I look so ridiculously uncomfortable doing it. I’m going to say this now – I DON’T LIKE BREASTFEEDING IN PUBLIC.
Now, don’t get me wrong, I will assert my legal right to feed my baby anywhere but that doesn’t actually mean I want to feed her anywhere. I don’t want to feed her on the side of a cricket pitch. I could live without feeding her walking off the 12.22 train at London Victoria. I don’t really want to feed her in the staff room of a primary school halfway round an open day visit. I’d rather not feed her in the car in a layby, A bus? No thanks. A church? Do I have to? A crematorium?? Needs must but, again, not ideal. Waiting rooms, libraries, museums, pubs, cafes, random benches – nope, nope nope. But, of course, yes yes yes…
And so I probably get more sympathy than anything else. Like the time I wrestled my baby onto my breast under a wavering canopy of scarves and muslins only to emerge to a crowd of cafe onlookers… ‘he’s on!’ I rather flusterdly declared to one and all, and was met with kindly congratulations.
In a bid to truly convey what I mean I turned to the talented and insightful Beth from The Adventures of Beta Mummy. You see maybe, just maybe, I’d enjoy it all if I was just a bit more Alpha Mummy about the whole thing…maybe if my experiences were just a bit more like THIS:
Rather than so very THIS:
What about you? Have you mastered the art of nonchalant, seamless public breastfeeding!?
Do take heart though if you’re struggling – it does get easier and won’t last forever. Just keep your eye on the prize – huge, ginormous cake! For a feeling of added support when planning where to go out you can also check out this website for venues that have signed up to the ‘Breastfeeding Welcome’ Scheme
And, of course, please do visit The Adventures of Beta Mummy for more relatable and humorous Alpha/Beta Mummy scenarios. Thank you Beth for being part of this post.