Breastfeeding In Public

A reader commented a few weeks back regarding a post on breastfeeding in public:

You don’t have to answer this or write a post on it if you don’t feel comfortable but just wondering… how do you feel about breastfeeding in public. I stopped breastfeeding when my baby was about 1 month old. We had many obstacles and the reason was not related to breastfeeding in public but I’m someone who didn’t even feel comfortable breastfeeding in front of my mom, never mind other strangers.
How do you feel about it? How do you make it work for you?

I hope if I have another child that breastfeeding will go better for me but do worry about how I’ll ever be able to leave the house and socialize with others when I just don’t feel comfortable with breastfeeding in front of others.

The other day in our play group we got to talking about nursing in public. For some women it was no big deal, others tried to avoid it if possible and then others commented that their spouses were the uncomfortable ones.

I was forced to jump into breast feeding in public five days postpartum when we decided to head out to the farmers market. I attempted to get in a good feed before we left but with a five day old, feedings tend to be more frequent and so instead of doing any real shopping I sat on a bench and nursed while directing Neil to which stands to purchase the produce we needed. It was a bit awkward and of course I didn’t wear a breast feeding friendly top. I tried covering myself with Edie’s muslin blanket but it kept blowing up but I managed. Tip: tie the ends together and slip over head- makes a perfect cover and means one less thing to buy/carry around. It was quite the challenge but I had to do what I needed to do for Edie regardless of how comfortable I was.

Over the course of the last 15 weeks I have had numerous public nursing sessions and to be honest my favorite place to nurse had become a park bench, especially during the farmers market. It is peaceful spot and Edie always seems to nurse really well, bonus I get to people watch while I nurse and get to enjoy the fresh air. I have come to really love nursing outside and will take that over nursing in the car any day.

Before giving birth I was relatively modest but child birth changed that all for me. Don’t get me wrong I’m still pretty modest but I am more relaxed about things. I know that breast feeding is the best thing I can give my baby and I unfortunately have a difficult time letting down to the pump (that’s a whole other post) so pumping a bottle to give E while we are out is not an option. That being said I had two options breastfeeding in public or staying at home until E stops nursing so frequently and/or eats solids. Since the second option would drive me crazy I had to figure out a way to make it work. As I said above I just jumped into it and it was awkward and slightly uncomfortable but now it’s second nature to me.

To help make the situation more comfortable I have nursed in the privacy of the car, covered with a muslin cover or breastfeeding cover, or found a relatively private public spot. For those who are feeling uncomfortable breastfeeding in public I encourage you to get a breastfeeding cover it makes things much more private. When you go to friends houses ask to use a private room to nurse in (not the bathroom because really would YOU want to eat in a bathroom? I didn’t think so.)

My biggest tip is to get out and do it! The more you do it the more comfortable you will be so start out small with maybe even just going in your backyard or on your porch to start and then head out to the market and then over time make your excursions longer and you will find that breastfeeding in public will get easier.

What others have to say:

How do you feel about breastfeeding in public? Do you have any tips or a story to share?

If you have a question for us please email us info@naturallyfamily.com we’d love to hear from you!

 

FFF: Wittlebee Box

Monday I almost squealed with delight when I opened the door and found our first Wittlebee Box sitting on our doorstep.

I was ready to break into it right away but of course we were just coming back from a walk and Edith was fussing and ready to eat. So I brought the box inside and then fed and burped Edith before I could finally open up our box.

When we signed up for Wittlebee Box I first filled out a survey of what we were looking for including clothing items we needed, size, color, and design. We decided to go with 3-6 month clothing even though Edith is just now fitting into her 0-3 month. We also chose pastels for colors and our desired items were onesies, dresses, long sleeve tops, headbands and socks.

So what did we receive…

             

              

We really like everything that was in our box and I can’t wait until E fits into everything. We were actually pretty skeptical about what we would receive and did the first box as a trial and it passed with flying colors! Amazing clothes for $39.99 per month, a great deal considering that just the Tea Collection items alone would set you back $42.

I have been reading poor reviews number of other sites of Wittlebee but our experience so far has been positive.

Disclaimer: We purchased the Wittlebee Box with our own money however we did receive a discount by using a coupon code provided on Prudent Baby. All thoughts and opinions are our own.

Cloth Diapering: 3 Months Down

Okay so we are just shy of three months and for the first two weeks we didn’t cloth diaper at all but anyways I figured that I’d do an update. Let me first tell you that I really enjoy cloth diapering but there surely have been some ups and downs. Starting with the fact that not all cloth diapers are created equal and as much as you don’t want to spend the money on newborn sized ones sometimes it’s just worth it.

At this point we are only cloth diapering about 75% of the time and a big part of that is because most of the cloth diapers that we have are still gigantic on Edie. We try to cloth diaper as much as we can throughout the day at home but when we go out and at night we use a Seventh Generation disposable.

So lets take a run down of what we have and what we are using:

What is working best right now:

What works okay but don’t love/fit well (yet):

What doesn’t work:

  • BummisOrganic Cotton Diaper Kit Infant Size (8-15lbs)
    • 24 infant size Organic Cotton Prefold diapers(4 x 8 x 4 layers thick)
    • 4 Super Whisper Wraps – small
    • 2 Super Brites Covers– small
  • Bummis BeautifulBASIC 2-Piece Cloth Diaper and Extra Cover
  • The Charlie Banana size medium and the regular Bum Genius AIO

The bulk of the diapers that we got were Bummis pre-folds and we haven’t been able to use any of them because E is super tiny and they are uncomfortably huge on her even though they say that they should fit 8-15 lbs. E has reached 9lbs now but they still don’t work very well. I really wish we had started with the newborn ones but then again we were expecting an 8-9lb baby and ended up with a 6lb 11oz baby instead (so thankful for though-um can we saw ouch?).

I am loving the Bum Genius all-in-one newborn they are the perfect size, the are all-in-one and they most closely resemble disposables in size, look and ease of use. We first received two of these from my mom when Edie first arrived and loved them so much that we purchased two more from Jillian’s Drawers in gently used section. We also bought the two FuzziBunz and the regular sized Bum Genius from the gently used section at Jillian’s Drawers.  I love the x-small FuzziBunz minus stuffing the insert which is a little challenging because it’s so tiny but just like the Bum Genius newborn it fits really well.

I  like the Cloth-eez® Workhorse™  for the size but I am not loving the Bummis newborn covers because they don’t fit great and they hold in the heat and moisture causing the insert to soak with sweat not just pee. I found that the Thirsties covers when snapped down to a smaller size work much better than the Bummis ones and do not hold in as much moisture.I also have found that the Cloth-eez® Workhorse™  stain really bad (or E just has some really crazy poops).

Diapers we use but don’t really care for Glow Bug, Dinkledooz and Applecheeks. When it comes to Glow Bug it is a little too big still for E and I just don’t really love the design, the hybrid style and the insert.  It isn’t as flattering or absorbent as I would like.  As for the Dinkledooz some of the same gripes as the Glow Bug on top of the fact that I hate the hideous brown color, what an awful idea.  Lastly, the Applecheeks, which was a gift from a friend who is a lover of Applecheeks.  I really wanted to like Applecheeks but I find that even though it fits well in the legs, around the waist and is soft and absorbent I just don’t love having to stuff it and it is really huge on E.

Thoughts so far:

  • I wish we had purchased more newborn sized cloth diapers because E still comfortably wears newborn size and probably will for at least a few more weeks.
  • I love cloth diapering and can’t wait to do more of it.
  • I wish we had more AIO’s because they fit the best and are the easiest to use.
  • We love our Planet Wise wet bags

The future:

  • We are going to stick with what we are doing now and keep trying on the larger diapers in hopes that they will soon fit.  If the Bummis don’t work for us we are hoping we can sell them and invest in some more AIO’s.
  • We are going to start using cloth wipes as well (more on this at our 6 month update).