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For the earlier parts of being a mother, you mostly stay at home. You take care of your newborn, make sure they get enough milk, ensure they and their surrounding is clean so they’ll maintain optimal health. However, there will always come a day when you need to go out; when you need to tackle the issue of breastfeeding in public.
This means you’ll have to prepare to breastfeed in public, which can cause a great deal of anxiety for many new mothers. Breastfeeding is hard and stressful enough at home. How much more if you do it in a place full of people? Not to mention how judgemental some of them can get.
These are all valid concerns. That’s why it’s very important that we talk more about it.
Breastfeeding in public as a social issue
Because there are some people who believe that women shouldn’t breastfeed in public because it’s indecent behavior, it has become a social issue that countries around the world are facing. To protect women, laws have been passed and implemented to emphasize their rights to breastfeed whenever they need.
In Singapore, it’s not illegal to breastfeed in public. However, there’s still a stigma that needs to be faced head-on. This is why a lot of mothers are advocating for the cause. After all, breastfeeding is normal. If someone gets uncomfortable when they see a mother breastfeeding their child, then there’s something wrong with this person’s views on the subject and it has to change.
What to do when you breastfeed in public
Aside from having the courage to do it, there are other things you need to make sure of when you feed your baby in public spaces.
First, you need to make sure that you are wearing comfortable clothes.
If you are going out and you can anticipate that your baby needing milk, it’s best to go unprepared. This means you need to wear clothes (including bra) that will be easy to manage. This is not only for your comfort but also for your baby’s. If you want to a breastfeeding cover, that’s great. There are a lot of breastfeeding covers you can purchase in Singapore. This can help you cover up your baby from unwanted eyes as well as dust.
Next, you might want to buy a sling. This can come in handy especially when you can’t find somewhere to sit on. Try to find the most ideal spot but if you need to make do with what you have, then having a sling will definitely make a difference.
And lastly, do it confidently. Drive away those judgemental eyes by showing them you’re proud of what you’re doing. We understand that it can be hard. Just remember that you’re not alone. We’re here and we have your back. If we want people to accept breastfeeding in public as normal, we need to do it first. Breastfeed your baby in the MRT, airport, park, or anywhere with pride.