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Before I even gave birth to my daughter I knew I wanted to breastfeed her. My goal was to do it for a year and we made it until she was 16 months! It was definitely hard, especially from the start. Once a couple of months went by and I began going out in public, that’s when it really got difficult. At least for someone like me.
It may not come across in my writing but I’m super shy. I usually prefer to stay inside than go out and interact with others. I’m always scared to say something wrong or embarrass myself. I would rather listen to a person than talk myself. So if you ever meet me and I hardly say anything, it doesn’t mean I don’t like you, it just means that I’m scared of what will spill out of my mouth. Hehe (Cue nervous laugh). But once I get used to you, I will definitely talk more.
Now put breastfeeding in public on top of that and you get someone who is a nervous wreck. Haha! But I’m here to tell you how I overcame my fear.
Breastfeeding my little one was pretty difficult at first but became much easier as time went on. I didn’t have a breastfeed cover at the beginning which was my first mistake. I had a blanket I would throw over my shoulder and just made it work. If I didn’t have that, I would head for a bathroom or go to the car. It was actually super awkward in the car because of it being so small. I always felt that people were staring right at me when they walked by so I would just avoid contact and focus on my little girl.
I honestly made things so much harder for myself, when I could just sit in a restaurant or sit on a bench and breastfeed her. But I can’t just use a blanket that would easily fall off me. I needed a breastfeeding cover.
I searched online for one that had some good reviews and bought it. Once it came in, I used it right away. It came with a little bag that was easy to put in my purse/diaper bag which was super convenient. When little bit was hungry, I took it out and use it. Of course, I had to figure out how to put it on but once I got the hang of it my confidence started to increase to about 50%.
Suddenly it just clicked. This is what I needed all along. I could have saved myself so much embarrassment by just getting a breastfeeding cover. It’s like I had an epiphany!
I know some of you mamas out there probably think I’m crazy but I have a really hard time being out in public in general and having a cover was the last thing on my mind. Going to the bathroom or staying in my car felt like my only options. So having this cover that actually covers everything made me feel so confident to go out in public. I didn’t even worry about people looking at me anymore. The only person I thought about was my baby girl and making sure she was getting enough to eat.
Breastfeeding is natural.
There’s nothing to be ashamed about it. I needed to put my daughter’s need ahead of my own problems.
When we went out to eat, I didn’t mind sitting in a chair or booth and breastfeeding her right then and there with the cover. I felt comfortable and so did she.
If you are shy like I am, I definitely suggest getting a breastfeeding cover instead of running to the bathroom or your small car like I did. It really does makes thing easier and convenient. The one I found was on Amazon and there are plenty more to choose from there.
I do hope you found my experience helpful. Who knew the key to my confidence was a breastfeeding cover. Haha. Sometimes you just got to make it work no matter where you are though. Just make sure not to set yourself up for failure like I did. Figure out what you need to do from the beginning to save yourself the embarrassment.
Thanks for reading! Any mamas out there had difficulties when it came to breastfeeding in public? What helped you overcome it? Or maybe you had no problems at all. Let me know in the comments! I would love to hear from other mom’s out there!