Jamie’s 7 Best Tips for Breastfeeding Comfortably in Public

Jamie’s 7 Best Tips for Breastfeeding Comfortably in Public

Having a newborn can be tough—but figuring out how to feed her when you're on the go is even tougher! Unless you want to confine yourself to the house, at some point you're going to have to nurse in public. And that can be hard, especially if you’re still getting the hang of the process. But there’s no reason to feel like you need to pump a bottle every time you leave the house. You can make the process easier by planning ahead (and investing in the right products). After nursing four children—and going through all the ups and downs of the experience—here are my seven best tips for breastfeeding comfortably in public.

Wear the Right Type of Clothing

This is not the time to be wearing your tightest turtleneck—even if you look fantastic in it. If you know you’re going to need to nurse while you’re out, choose clothing that allows for easy access to the girls. Invest in a few great nursing tanks and bras—be sure to try them on before purchasing. And don’t worry—there’s no need to spend hundreds of dollars in nursing-specific clothing. In fact, you probably have items in your closet that are perfect for public nursing! A button down or cardigan layered over a nursing tank works just as well as any expensive top.

Look for a Comfortable Space

If there’s one thing I’ve learned, it’s that comfort often equals successful breastfeeding. When you’re stressed or anxious, it’s more difficult for your baby to latch (and let’s be honest, you just won’t enjoy the experience as much!). Luckily, so many places are now nursing-friendly—and offer private rooms for mothers who want to breastfeed (I’ve even noticed pods while traveling in the airport!). And remember to think outside of the box—sometimes, a semi-private bench or seat will give you the right amount of quiet space to bond with your baby. There’s even an app that can help you find nearby nursing rooms and lactation pods (over 5000 of them across the country!).

Invest in a Nursing-Friendly Carrier or Sling

With a little practice, you can breastfeed in most baby carriers or slings (I know—I’ve done it!). The biggest benefit to this? You can be hands-free (and get some multi-tasking done). Before purchasing any carrier, do your research. A carrier is one of the most useful baby essentials, but it needs to work for your lifestyle and little one. Look online and talk to other moms. I used to love breastfeeding my littles in an Ergobaby carrier. Nursing or not, as a new mom you're going to find that wearing your baby is super convenient (and an excellent way to fit in some snuggle time!).

Buy a Great Cover

After my third daughter was born, I was the mother of two toddlers and a newborn (I know….eeek!). It was a handful, to say the least. And every time I sat down to nurse, my older daughters would look for attention, or get themselves into trouble (naturally!). I didn’t want to confine us all to the house, so I searched for a cover that would offer full coverage and allow me to nurse comfortably while in public. When I couldn’t find something perfect, I created the first Covered Goods® prototype. The next day, I took all three girls to Disneyland and was—for the first time ever—able to breastfeed with ease on a park bench! Women were literally coming up to me in the park and asking where I had purchased my cover. At that moment, I knew I was onto something.

A Covered Goods® cover is the perfect product for any new (or even seasoned!) mother. Our covers are soft and stretchy, and offer full 360 degree coverage. The won’t bunch or ride up—ideal for moms who will be nursing on the go. We even hear from women who say they use our covers for privacy while pumping! I hear from so many women that this is one of the best baby products they've purchased. 

Practice, Practice, Practice

Like anything else, there’s a learning curve to nursing in public. And as they say, practice makes perfect! Once you’ve got your carrier and your cover, spend some time using them at home. You’ll figure out a routine that feels comfortable, and it will be that much easier when you decide to step outside.

Look for the Right Kind of Support

There’s no shame in asking for help—particularly when you’re working on breastfeeding. Life with a newborn can be lonely enough—look for the right kind of support that will help you on your breastfeeding journey. Ask for a lactation consult in the hospital and research a local consultant near you. It always helps to have someone nearby who’s educated in case you run into any difficulties.

Know Your Rights

Unfortunately, there are always going to be people who make comments. By knowing the law, you can support the rights of breastfeeding mothers everywhere. Forty-nine states, the District of Columbia and the Virgin Islands have laws that specifically protect women breastfeeding in public or private. Now that you're living with a newborn, surround yourself with friends and family members who share the same ideals as you, and don’t be afraid to educate those who are uninformed. As a mom, it’s your baby’s health that matters most—not what other people think.

Whether you’re a new mom or one who’s more experienced, we’d love to hear what you have to add! And don’t forget to browse our shop page to see what Covered Goods® pattern will work for you. XO




Jamie Yetter
Jamie Yetter

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20 Responses

Rachel
Rachel

June 14, 2017

As a mom of 3 and a new baby, I can attest to the legitimacy of this post! Such good information I wish I would have had at my fingertips as a first time mom! All great things to know before you get started! Thanks for sharing!

Dana stauffer
Dana stauffer

June 13, 2017

These are great tips. I am a soon to be mom and a bit nervous about breastfeeding in public. Thank you for your help.

Samantha monteiro
Samantha monteiro

June 13, 2017

I absolutely love this nursing cover and I’m sure you already know that . I loved everything about it and that’s why I wanted to share it with the world . I think that every breastfeeding mother should know about this cover , it’s simply amazing . I know you breastfed all four of your children and you had a hard time finding the perfect cover , honestly I’m glad you founded covered goods . It could be used for so many different things , it’s 100% worth every dollar . I love all the patterns that you offer . I love that it’s easy to bring with you anywhere . I have just nice things to say about this product that you offer . Breastfeeding doesn’t come to natural to everyone and sometimes it’s much more ridicules for others . These tips that you mentioned are a great help ! Good luck to everyone on the giveaway , id Love to own a different covered goods nursing cover and the ergo ! Omg it’s beautiful .

Andrea
Andrea

June 13, 2017

Great tips! A nursing cover like this makes things so much easier for moms on the go!

Ginny
Ginny

June 13, 2017

I’m worried about trying to BF in public and chase a toddler at the same time. Your tip about a baby carrier to nurse is so helpful!

Katie
Katie

June 13, 2017

Now that I have a newborn and a toddler the nursing in public game has definitely changed! I was not prepared for this our first outing to the park. Thank you for all the great tips-I need to start looking for a cover!

Ashlee Richardson
Ashlee Richardson

June 13, 2017

These are awesome tips! I have 7 week old and have only had to feed her in public 1 time and it wasn’t horrible (thank goodness!) If I can I usually try to sit in my car away from other cars in the backseat with her. But the one time I had to be covered in public, at a picnic table, it was wonderful!! :)

Rachel Call
Rachel Call

June 13, 2017

Great tips! I love my Covered Goods nursing cover! I wish I had it with my first baby! I’m so much more comfortable nursing in public now with this cover

Linh
Linh

June 13, 2017

Practice practice practice nursing in public at home and the more you do it, the easier it is!

Rigel
Rigel

June 13, 2017

I honestly can never find a comfortable place without the boppy or a pillow, my daughter just can’t get comfortable enough to nurse a normal length of time. But your cover makes me feel a whole lot better!

Yasmeen
Yasmeen

June 13, 2017

Thank you for a great post! I’m a brand new mommy to a beautiful baby girl and just starting to feel more confident nursing in public. I only have one cover but I’ve been keeping Covered Goods on my wish list as well as an Ergo carrier. Good luck to everyone and stay confident! We got this!

Kari
Kari

June 13, 2017

Great tips! Practicing at home is so key… the first time I nursed in public, I definitely didn’t practice with a cover first and it was STRESSFUL!! I had to get a massage cause my body tensed up so much from it ? Practice makes perfect!

Amanda
Amanda

June 13, 2017

Having a great cover really helps nursing in public! I also found it easier to nurse after my babies were a couple months old when we really had the hang of it and I was more confident!

Jessie
Jessie

June 13, 2017

I totally agree with your talking points. Some people are super comfortable nursing in public without a cover and kudos to them. I’m not that way especially around my extended family. My girls are the first granddaughters, so there are always tons of not so little boys running around and not always a quiet, private nook to tuck myself into. Your nursing covers came out between my first and second child and we’re a total game changer for me. One day at the park I was literally pushing a swing with one hand and nursing my baby privately in the other in the Las Vegas spring heat. A miracle in my book! Number 3 is just around the corner and I am ready to go!

Victoria
Victoria

June 13, 2017

Nursing has been a struggle! Especially now that it’s getting hotter. This is my first baby and everything about nursing has been rough but we are hanging in there. I definitely agree with the wearing nursing friendly clothes. Nothing harder then having a fussy / boppy headed baby and having to fuss with your close and covering all at the same time. Love these tips, thank you!

Tiffany Mcrae
Tiffany Mcrae

June 13, 2017

Love these tips! Your cover gives me the confidence to nurse anywhere. Love it!

Lindsey
Lindsey

June 13, 2017

My Little one is only 2 months old so we haven’t ventured out too much. I found these tips to be helpful! I wouldn’t mind winning a cover and carrier to make things easier when we start soon!

Alexis
Alexis

June 13, 2017

Love theses ideas!!! Completely agree!

Amber Ludwig
Amber Ludwig

June 13, 2017

I always felt like my biggest challenge nursing in public was making my son comfortable! Especially when he was a floppy newborn. I felt like l had a million things going on at once and had to hold him up on top if it. I was always so flustered by it.

Corrie
Corrie

June 13, 2017

Great info!

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