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Thanks to all the controversy surrounding this issue, even the boldest and bravest of women think twice about nursing outside the home. Even though it’s legal, breastfeeding in public can be difficult, especially in areas where it’s not widely accepted. Many nursing moms don’t want to deal with uncomfortable stares, glares and ogles and will choose a bottle over the breast in public.
Look for the international breastfeeding symbol. Wherever the blue-and-white symbol of a nursing mom is posted, it means that the store or restaurant welcomes breastfeeding moms and may even provide a lactation room.
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Go undercover. With Hooter Hiders, Bebe au Lait or any other type of nursing cover (including a simple blanket), you can cover your breastfeeding infant so well that nobody will look twice at you.
Build your confidence before stepping out. You don’t have to be a “lactivist” to nurse in public, but you do need to develop your breastfeeding chops. Wait till you get the hang of breastfeeding before you and your baby head to the mall for an hours-long shopping excursion.