Breastfeeding On-the-Go!

by Kristi Corley

breastfeeding on the go Breastfeeding can be challenging.
Scratch that. Breastfeeding and having a “normal life” can seem
impossible.

You’re exhausted, you feel constricted to a 2-3 hour window of errands, and there’s the constant fear that your baby will get hungry and begin crying right in the middle of your outing. Timing. Sleep schedules. Date night? (what’s that?) We asked two women, “Can you breastfeed and and still have a life?” Here are their tips for making it work.

Michelle Ross, RN BSN IBCLC, Board Certified Lactation Consultant at Winnie Palmer Hospital, answered three popular questions from nursing moms.

1. Can I breastfeed and still have a life?
Absolutely! What is your personal comfort level when nursing in public? There are great options to help cover you up. We suggest cover ups or lightweight blankets as the best option. We offer a variety of slings at our outpatient maternal education location at 1301 Sligh Blvd., right behind Winnie Palmer Hospital. We demonstrate how to wear the sling comfortably at our Mother/Baby Tea every Monday, Wednesday and Friday, until your baby is 8 weeks old. The Mother/Baby Tea is also a great opportunity to connect with other nursing moms.

2. What if I want to go out to dinner?
Breastfeed your baby before leaving, and leave a bottle for your sitter. You can even have one glass of wine or beer while on your date; the AAP suggests waiting two hours before putting your baby back to the breast.

3. What if I plan to go back to work?
If you are working more than part time, you will need a good dual breast pump. It will allow you to pump quicker. During an 8 hour day, pump twice, 15 minutes each time. When you are at home with your baby, still breastfeed! That is the best way to keep your supply up. Two weeks before you go back to work, pump one extra bottle each day – that will help to build your supply.

Sabrina Bathhalter, a recently new mommy had a rough start to breastfeeding. But once she found her groove, she discovered how breastfeeding could work with her busy life:

1. When it seems impossible, don’t give up. Keep trying.

2. Ask for help. A lactation consultant can help you if you are having trouble.

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3. If you need to supplement, supplement. But don’t feel like you have to give up altogether.

4. Pump your milk and store it in the freezer. This will give you more freedom to be on-the-go.

5. If you can pump and store, I recommend a plug-in cooler for the car to protect the “Liquid Gold.”

6. Multi-task:

  • When I was pumping, I would pump while driving to and from work.
  • I would also pump while eating lunch in my office and while eating dinner in the evening.
  • And I would pump one side while feeding my baby on the other side.

7. Be prepared with your choice of clothing. I usually double layer my clothes or wear something I can pull down instead of up. I may already be exposing a breast; I don’t need to show my belly also!

8. Find a practical bra. I use the Moving Comfort Juno sports bra. All or most of the Moving Comfort Bras use Velcro in the front so you can pull them down, and they have superior support.

9. Timing is everything. If you are uncomfortable breast feeding in public, plan your outings between feeding times.

10. Keep perspective. This is an opportunity to bond with your child, not an obligation that is cramping your style. Remind yourself of this when you’re having a rough day.

8 Comments

  1. Amie M. says:

    These look absolutely amazing! SWOON!

  2. Danielle K says:

    I think having functional nursing clothes/bras is a must! I always wear nursing tanks under tops so I can nurse on the go without having to worry 🙂

  3. chelsea mae says:

    I absolutely LOVE these scarf covers! The fabric prints are just too cute!

  4. Amber Johnson says:

    Breastfeeding is hard but with the right “tools”, it can definitely make it easier!

  5. Amanda says:

    Nursing my daughter felt so daunting in the beginning. You are sore, tired, and emotional; none if those things lend themselves to a great learning experience. But we kept on trying and now she just turned one and we have a great nursing relationship! Being able to nurse whenever she needs is one of many things that I love about nursing my baby. If all I need with me is a cover or light blanket that saves me hauling around a lot of extra things!

  6. Betty B says:

    Having issues breastfeeding in public. I might need to find the right nursing cover. The Pirose looks like the thing. I might need to get myself one.

  7. Tereesa kelley says:

    Not due til december but I absolutely love the designs. Never had a problem NIP but I also dont like making others uncomfortable

  8. Jennifer says:

    I love love love these… It’s a must have for all nursing mothers… <3

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