Many new mothers worry about the first nursing session in public with their new baby. This does not have to be a stressful time though, if mom is comfortable and prepared.
One thing you can do to prepare is to practice! Nursing in front of a bedroom mirror may show you how covered you already are while nursing and give you confidence to do so in public.
Another thing that helps is layering your clothes. A simple and inexpensive tank top worn underneath your regular shirt is an easy way to stay covered while nursing. Simply lift your shirt, pull the tank down, and latch on the baby. No tummy will be exposed, and your over shirt will keep your breast covered. While many people use covers, they can draw more attention than simply nursing in your clothes. Also, many women find that as their babies get bigger, they push off a cover anyway.
Keeping a hand near the breast to pull down your shirt quickly should the baby suddenly pull off is another simple thing that a worried mother can do that will make her feel a little more confident when nursing in public.
Nursing a baby is a beautiful and loving experience– but it doesn’t need to keep mom cooped up in the house all day!