Breastfeeding in public can refer to breastfeeding in front of a relative or friend at your own place or in a public place, including a cafe or shopping centre.

During your baby's early days, you may choose to breastfeed only at places you feel most comfortable; however, as you get more used to doing it and as you start going out with baby, you will feel more confident about breastfeeding in front of other people when you're out.

Here are some do’s and don’ts of breastfeeding in public


Do’s Don’ts

Do feel comfortable and confident to breastfeed your baby in public places, such as a cafe, shop or public transport’ if you need to do that.

Don’t feel uncomfortable about breastfeeding in public as it is illegal for anyone to ask a breastfeeding woman to leave a public place.

Do plan ahead before going out as it can help to think about where you will feel comfortable to breastfeed when your baby gets hungry.

Don’t hesitate to ask for recommendations about breastfeeding in public from friends.

Do prefer to wear clothes/ bras of your choice/ comfortable for breastfeeding.

Don't feel that you should sit in public washroom to breastfeed your baby. You wouldn't eat in there, so even your baby shouldn’t be fed there.

Do carry baby slings that are designed in a way you can breastfeed while your baby is still in the sling.

Don’t forget to carry a scarf or muslin cloth to cover your chest while breastfeeding.



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