As a traveling mommy of three, I have breastfed in public many times in many different locations. The bottom line of traveling with a baby you breastfeed is that at some point you will have to breastfeed in public. Whether you are on an airplane, a bus, or at a train station, the time is coming. Babies have to eat, and when you are trying to get from point A to point B you might not be able to find a private place to nurse. So here is my guide to breastfeeding in public:
-Dress For The Occasion
Make sure you are wearing a comfortable, reliable nursing bra. My personal favorite brand is Bella Materna (right now their “Seamless Nursing Bra (Full Cup or Regular)” is on sale!! That is the one I actually use, it rocks). They make wonderful nursing bras in all sizes, and their full coverage bras for larger chested women are extremely supportive and easy to use. Do not waste money on a cheap nursing bra!! By the time you have worn though three cheap ones, you could have bought one amazing one that will last you nursing through two babies!
You can also make your own breastfeeding top, or dress in light layers like a cardigan and a tank top so you have your body covered if that makes you more comfortable. There is also the option to use a nursing cover like the one in the photo above. For older babies I recommend sitting on one corner of the cover to keep your little one from being distracted by a possible game of peek-a-boo. Hahaha. For more details on how to dress for breastfeeding in public you can check out this article I wrote a few years go.
Of course I am not suggesting you have to cover up completely. I feel more comfortable covered up, but that is just my personal preference. As a breastfeeding support person my number one priority for all nursing mothers is personal comfort. Do whatever makes you feel most comfortable! Read more