Tips To Avoid Shame Of Nursing In Public – Video
Nursing in public: what every mother should know
If you have decided to breastfeed your child, first of all, congratulations, and second, you will have to prepare (if you are not already) to breastfeed your child in public, unless you want to be at home or at home 24 hours a day. to look for closed and solitary places to breastfeed your baby, something that I consider unhealthy.
As I said, if you have decided to breastfeed your child you will have to do it in public, and this leads to some uncomfortable situations (almost always for others, who are the ones who look).
There may be people who feel embarrassed and turn their eyes or even people who come to “condemn” the act of breastfeeding and ask you not to do so in that place. But you have to remember that YOU ARE NOT DOING ANYTHING BAD, and even though there is law in the United States that regulates this situation, we can always resort to what our rights as citizens are, and, above all, the rights of the child.
The Practice of nursing the baby in public and make public the following information here I leave the most important points:
Breastfeeding is the natural and healthiest way to feed babies.
Breastfeeding is much more than a food.
The feeding to the breast has to be on demand, that is to say, it is necessary to offer the breast to the baby when it asks for it and during the time that wants until it releases it spontaneously.
On the other hand, during the time of breastfeeding, the mother can and should make a normal life with her baby, which includes frequenting public places: means of transport, swimming pools, restaurants, museums, shopping centers, etc.
Breastfeeding rooms were designed to provide nursing mothers with the option of having a separate, intimate and comfortable space for breastfeeding their child, but its use should not be understood as mandatory.
In our culture, the chest has a sexual connotation above all. But in most cultures, it is considered in terms of its primary function: it is the organ of production of milk to feed children.
All children, regardless of their age, have the right to be breastfed whenever they need it, and their mothers have the right to be able to do so at any time and place.
This text is written by the United States Breastfeeding Committee: USBC and is one of the reasons why we hope in a short time we hope that there is a law that regulates breastfeeding in public.
In other countries, as I said before, there are laws that regulate the freedom to breastfeed in public. In the United States, the right to breastfeed in public is covered by the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act of 2010, which goes something like saying that “A company can not discriminate against mothers who are breastfeeding a child of any age”. What does that mean ? for example:
It is illegal for the owners or staff of a company, such as a store, or a cafeteria, to “invite” you to leave the establishment because you are breastfeeding in it.
It is illegal for the owner of an establishment to refuse to help you because you are breastfeeding.
You are in your full right to breastfeed in public spaces, whether parks or public transport, as well as hospitals, theaters, cinemas, etc.
In addition, owners of establishments in United States obliged to: provide the best services so that, if there is a client who wants to breastfeed their baby in their establishment, they can do so; make sure that mothers are not discriminated against, harassed or victims because they are breastfeeding a baby; make sure that employees have the training so they are aware of the protection against discrimination.
In the United States mothers are protected by a law called “Affordable Care Act (ACA) on March 30, 2010, signed by President Obama that makes it a criminal offense to try to stop a woman who is breastfeeding in public:” Anyone who tries to stop or prevent a breastfeeding person A child under 2 years old can be prosecuted. ” It also applies to bottle-fed children.
Of course, there are places where you can not breastfeed in public, such as places where you can run a risk to the mother and baby (near chemical products, for example).
Some tricks to Nursing in public:
Wear comfortable clothes to breastfeed your baby in an easy way, that is accessible to the breast and you can extract the breast discreetly. As many of you will know, there is already some specific garments for this (t-shirts, dresses, jerseys, etc) that go very well for this stage and help to breastfeed quickly and easily.
If you feel some shame and do not want to have the looks of all around you constantly above you, choose a secluded place (but do not hide) where you can be with your baby quiet (think that the little bit of breastfeeding your baby is “your moment “and you have to be as calm as possible).
As the last option, you could also use a muslin to cover the baby, although I am not very supportive of this.
How to handle comments when I am breastfeeding in public?
Although in the United States there is a law to regulate it, there are more and more establishments that are aware that it is a need for the baby and a right. Still, you may have people who make comments, here are some answers that can help:
If an employee of a store or cafeteria asks you to stop breastfeeding your baby, you can respond: “I am convinced that I have the right to breastfeed here. Can I talk to your boss?”
If they ask you to breastfeed your baby to the bathroom, you can answer: “I’m very good here, it’s a cleaner place, do not you think?”
If they tell you how dumb they are or what a disgusting, you have to answer: “Only if someone looks”, and throw a smile.
If they ask you to wait to get home, you can answer: “Would you rather I’m crying? He is a human being and he is hungry, besides, it will only be a few minutes “.