3 Reasons Why It is Okay to Breastfeed in Public

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July 21, 2014 12:55 PM EST

Numerous studies have shown that breastfeeding offers so many benefits to babies psychologically and physically. However, the modern working mom finds such a task awkward and embarrassing when done in public. Others even choose to breastfeed their babies only for a few weeks then immediately change to baby bottles for the sake of convenience.

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Dozens of mothers take part in a breastfeeding flash mob demonstration at a public place in Hong Kong June 14, 2014. The group urged the government to establish a breastfeeding policy to protect the rights of nursing mothers, the organizer said in a press release.

You may not be aware that women empowerment groups and campaigns that support moms everywhere encourage breastfeeding in public. In Australia, breastfeeding in public is considered a legal right.

1. People actually understand

Instead of being embarrassed about having to breastfeed your crying baby in public, think that people in public actually understand the need to do so. People will not shun or show disappointment when you allow your baby to suckle in public. Majority of individuals know that there is a special bond formed between the mother and baby when breastfeeding which ordinary bottle drinking will not achieve. Many adults today actually grew up breastfeeding on their mothers in public or are parents themselves so they will be very compassionate about the deed and appreciate you for doing so.

2. Breastfeeding accessories

There are so many accessories for babies and breastfeeding mothers available today, which will help you cover up and decently breastfeed in public. You do not have to feel awkward about having to take your clothes off or showing your breasts to complete strangers. These materials are very comfortable and easy to use so you can breastfeed your baby anytime and anywhere. There are breastfeeding cloths and covers, breastfeeding bras and dresses specifically designed for breastfeeding mothers.

3. Government agencies encourage it

More women's advocates and government health agencies are encouraging mothers to breastfeed their babies in public. This is because there is a growing concern for undernourished children as well as new diseases discovered every year that affects babies. Breastfeeding boosts the immune system of babies thereby reducing the risk and lessening the burden on government health centers and hospitals.

Studies also showed that children who were breastfed for a longer period of time were more emotionally and psychologically stable, thereby resulting to stable and responsible citizens in the future. You will find that malls and other public places have designated breastfeeding areas for your convenience.

(Photo: REUTERS / Bobby Yip)
Dozens of mothers take part in a breastfeeding flash mob demonstration at a public place in Hong Kong June 14, 2014. The group urged the government to establish a breastfeeding policy to protect the rights of nursing mothers, the organizer said in a press release.
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