A for Breastfeeding Anywhere | 2016 #AtoZChallenge

I remember my few months old baby crying his heart out on our way home, on public transport. I was lost for words and confused about what to do; because I was very conscious of those around me.

I was definitely concerned for my son’s well-being, but I vaguely remember showing more concern for the other passengers on the bus. I remember looking around anxiously, probably wondering about what they thought of me with my crying baby. My look was one of apology for their inconvenience; even guilt for the ear-piercing interruption of their quiet ride.

Babies cry: FACT! We were all babies once, and even as adults we cry for a range of reasons. I now know there is no shame in being seen with a crying baby.

However, this obvious knowledge eluded me at the time; I know I didn’t cause my baby to cry, BUT I also now know that I might have been able to stop him crying.

I tried everything but the most guaranteed method to stop his tears – breastfeeding. This could have primarily met my child where he was, and indeed maintained the quiet on the bus.

But I didn’t know!

I know, ‘silly’, isn’t it.

I didn’t know that I could breastfeed my child ANYWHERE; I did not know that I have the legal right, and indeed the freedom to breastfeed ANYWHERE. And as such, I wasn’t empowered to meet my child’s needs everywhere.

Now I know, and I do.

Breastfeeding affords me the opportunity to be a walking, always present, and available ‘eat all you can’ buffer, and much more, for my baby and now toddler.

I have since breastfed on buses, trains, at service stops, in common areas, in hospital waiting rooms, at parks, at work, on the loo, whilst walking, in a baby carrier, by the side of the road at night, during conferences etc.

Breastfeeding outside the comfort of the home can be daunting, but it is definitely doable; after all it’s legal and normal.  I found it scary before I knew it was okay to do so; even then, it took me a while to develop my confidence to breastfeeding in public.

~ What do you think about breastfeeding anywhere? ~

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7 thoughts on “A for Breastfeeding Anywhere | 2016 #AtoZChallenge

    • Cool … it took me a while to know I could. It’s one less thing to worry about on the parenting road, isn’t it. This is one instance where I agree that happy baby = happy mummy. 🙂

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  2. Women definitely need to be told more that it’s ok to breastfeed anywhere. I remember being so nervous the first time I fed on the tram but in the end I decided that maybe two seconds of my nipple while she latched on was much less offensive than listening to her scream. Since then I’ve fed everywhere and always been fine. Funny how we’re doing the most natural thing but wondering if we’re ‘allowed’

    • Good for you; it’s quite a revelation it’s okay to feed your baby wherever and whenever your baby is hungry, and you’re allowed to. 🙂 It makes life that much easier, doesn’t it. 🙂

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