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How do I get out and about with my new baby?

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Breastfed babies are extremely easy to travel with. All you need to take with you are some nappies, wipes, a bib and some spare clothes for baby.

Going out and about for the first couple of times with your new baby is exciting. All mums feel very protective of their baby and managing buggy’s, car seats and all can make going out seem like chore. Getting out and about whether for a walk with your baby, to meet some friends or just do the shopping is a natural part of being a mum. Some mums also find the idea of their baby needing a feed when they are out and about a little daunting.

Breastfeeding often looks just like cuddling your baby and most people won’t even notice. When out and about you can feed your baby wherever you feel comfortable.

Here are some tips to help:

  • Wear a maternity or breastfeeding bra that opens at the front and can be easily opened and closed with one hand. You can practice doing this at home.
  • Choose clothes that make it easy to feed discreetly – wear a loose fitting top with a vest top underneath. When your baby needs to feed you can lift up the outer top and pull down the vest top underneath. This way you stay warm and covered.
  • Some mums like to carry a large light scarf or muslin cloth, which they drape over their shoulder and baby. This can be particularly helpful in the early days when you want to watch what you and baby are doing.
  • Watch for early feeding cues and try to feed your baby before they get very hungry or start to cry. This way you’ll both be more relaxed and feeding will go easier.
  • Choose a couple of easier outings to start with and build your confidence, for example going to your local Breastfeeding Support Group or public health nurse clinic, or visiting a friend who has or is also breastfeeding.
  • You don’t have to ask permission to feed your baby in public places, and it is against the law for anyone to ask you to stop feeding or to move to a different area to feed.

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