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Thanks for hopping over from Adventures of a Novice Mum and welcome to my post for the Keep Britain Breastfeeding Scavenger Hunt Day 2: Positive Public Feeding. We have over £700 worth of breastfeeding and baby goodies up for grabs including prizes from Snoob with a breastfeeding scarf, a goodie bag from Forever Patricia and a breastfeeding necklace from Booby and the Bead. Full details of the Grand Prize can be found here and all entries to be completed via the Rafflecopter at the bottom of this post.

I remember being so scared the first time I went into town with Elsa who was about three weeks old. And the reason I was so scared? That it might just be time for me to accomplish that first dreaded feed IN PUBLIC.

I fed her just before I left the house in the hopes she wouldn’t wake up and need feeding again. Naturally she did wake up and luckily for me we were near John Lewis with the sanctuary of its parents room, which I’d vetted in previous trips to town when buying new baby gear.

Now this might not be everyone’s idea of a perfect breastfeeding location but for a new, extremely nervous mum still trying to get to grips with breastfeeding and a painful latch, it was perfect. The comfy chairs, the water machine, a few magazines, but most of all everyone in the same boat. This was just the halfway house that I needed. Surrounded by other mums not batting an eyelid, I fitted in perfectly.

There’s almost some unspoken camaraderie in the JL parents’ room and after accomplishing a feed in public, after the rather traumatic three weeks I’d gone through after Elsa’s birth (being readmitted to hospital with infection and feeling at an all time low with how hard breastfeeding was) I felt like I really might be able to crack this breastfeeding malarkey. It was the first time I’d felt truly confident since she’d be born. Dare I say it I think that experience in John Lewis was a turning point for me and I knew in my heart then that one day I might even enjoy breastfeeding. I have much to thank the Partnership for!

Some years later - happily feeding my second in public in Paris

Some years later – happily feeding my second in public in Paris


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15 thoughts on “Positive public breastfeeding”

  1. gemma clark says:

    I found the first latch with my daughter 9.5 years ago relatively easy, but I just couldn’t do it after that. I tried expressing but gave up after just 2 weeks so have no experience of feeding in public. Have regretted it ever since and am more determined than ever to get it right with number 2. Due in 10 weeks and hoping to feed until at least 6 months, hopefully a year this time 🙂

    1. Good luck with your second. I know people who couldn’t breastfeed their first but managed fine breastfeeding their second. Hopefully you’ll find there is a better support network for you 10 years on.

  2. What a great post – I had a public breastfeeding experience which was a turning point for me too, it made me feel more positive about breastfeeding in public. I have to say the JL parents room sounds fab!

    1. Thanks! Have you not yet had the pleasure of the JL Parents’ room? I must say I used it less as my first got older and much less with my second as I was more confident then and wanted to be drinking a coffee in a nice cafe whilst I was feeding discreetly!

  3. I’ve been breastfeeding my daughter in public for 4.5 years, and mostly it’s been fine. Had an issue at a swimming pool in Bristol, and a couple of comments on the bus about her being too old (when she was 2), but either I am oblivious to negativity, or nobody is bothered!

    1. That’s great to hear. I think mostly people are fine with it, but it still didn’t stop me being worried the first time.

  4. Gerri Anne Tennant says:

    Great information and advice to pass to my daughter in law who is having her first child.. Thanks.

    1. Pleased to hear you found it useful.

  5. Samantha Loughlin says:

    This is really useful article thank you

  6. Carly Mugulday says:

    Lovely prize- very useful info im planning on breastfeeding my newborn due in october for as long as possible

  7. Paula Readings says:

    Breast is best is still true.

    1. It’s also got to work for you too.

  8. kay lou smith says:

    I really struggled with feeding both my children so I am hoping my experience this time round will be third time lucky. Not looking forward to feeding in public though as I am really self conscious.

    1. Best of luck. I hope you get the support you need. I empathise with you being self conscious but it’s usually better when you get that first feed in public over with.

  9. Natalie Crossan says:

    Great post, breastfeeding is so important

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