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Newborn feeding: Breastfeeding in public

With a little practice, you will be able breastfeed your baby in public.

Before going out, try practicing in front of a mirror, or attending La Leche League meetings.

There are many creative options you can choose for privacy that include:

a blanket covers baby while breastfeeding in public baby wears sunhat while breastfeeding in public
  • putting a sun hat on your baby
  • use a blanket to cover your baby
  • use a commercial product that covers your baby.

Did you know?

Minnesota and Wisconsin both have laws that protect a woman's right to breastfeed in public.

Talk with your lactation resource if you have questions.

Wearing your baby

a mom wears her baby

You can spend close time with your baby by wearing your baby. Use an approved, safe carrier to keep your baby snuggled to your chest and stomach.

While wearing your baby and watching for feeding cues, your baby will cry less often and nurse more. This also allows you have your hands free to get things done.

Wearing your baby is good for bonding and breastfeeding.


Source: Allina Health's Patient Education Department, Beginnings: Pregnancy, Birth and Beyond, sixth edition, preg-ahc-90026, ISBN 1-931876-25-8

First published: 10/04/2002
Last updated: 08/15/2011

Reviewed by: Allina Health's Patient Education Department experts