I've gotten lots and lots of questions about breastfeeding and especially about breastfeeding in public places. I've noticed that it's a really hot subject and honestly I'm not sure why. Let women feed there kids wherever they want... Anyways I'm going to share some of my thoughts about this and my personal experience.
Before I got my son I didn't know anything about breastfeeding. Zero. During pregnancy I knew that I wanted to breastfeed if possible but I was afraid of breastfeeding in public places and I thought I wasn't going to be able to do that. Little did I know, because the moment I had my son on my chest it was the most natural thing ever. Not only to breastfeed but to breastfeed at any place and time.
The key to feeling comfortable while breastfeeding in public is to have the right clothing for it so it's easy and feels smooth. I always wear a nursing top or dress when I go out so I'm ready to feed my lil bean if he gets hungry. Once I forgot to do this so I went out in a normal t-shirt and realized that if Baby N gets hungry now I'll have to sit there in only my bra and feed him haha! Luckily we made it home before he got hungry. Because even if I'm 100% comfortable with breastfeeding in public I don't think I'd be that comfortable sitting there without a shirt and trying to cover myself in baby blankets heh.
I haven't yet gotten mean comments about breastfeeding in public (yet) but I know people get these type of comments all the time so I'm prepared if that would happen to me as well. I think it's important to be ready to speak up if someone says something. It's nobody's business how, when and where you feed your baby! You have the right to do it anytime and anywhere so don't get intimidated if someone has stupid comments about it. Be strong and speak up!
Also, if it feels uncomfortable as a new mommy to breastfeed in public, as it did a bit for me the very first time, a good advice is to choose a place/restaurant that you've visited before and feel comfortable at. I chose a food place I had been many times before and seen lots of mommies breastfeed there babies. So it felt familiar in some way!
(Some of the absolute coziest moment with my baby is when I'm feeding him. He's so calm and always hugs me with his small hands and I can tell how safe he's feeling. It's one of the absolute best feelings.)
And now to those who think breastfeeding is disgusting and shouldn't be allowed in public places: do you think all mommies that are able and choose to breastfeed their babies should sit at home 24/7 so they can breastfeed? Breastfeeding isn't supposed to make you a prisoner in your home. Normalize breastfeeding! Because it really is the most natural thing and the best option for the baby if you're able to do it. And then again if a mom doesn't breastfeed for whatever reason that's fine too, because as I said, a mom should be allowed to feed their babies anytime and anywhere, wether it's breastfeeding or bottle-feeding or something else. Period.