Breastfeeding in open places might feel like a daunting task – even though nobody should have a problem with a baby eating food when they’re hungry. You might be conscious about showing a lot of skin, but most of that is innate. You can build up to this by practicing at home.
Start off by practicing in front of a mirror. Hold your baby as you normally would to feed them, and sit comfortably in front of a mirror. Get used to looking at yourself in the mirror with your baby at the teat. You will realize that when the baby is feeding, most of the breast is, in fact, covered up. You can also try covering up, and seeing whether or not the baby is comfortable feeding while covered. Some babies cannot stand the feeling of fabric touching their faces, while others are not bothered by it at all. Now is the time to try on different outfits, and find out which ones are conducive to breastfeeding. Also try practicing the entire process. Breastfeeding in public is not something you should rush into. It is okay to not be comfortable with the idea of showing skin in public. Whatever decision you take, just remember that feeding your child is a natural process and nothing should ever come in between that – not even the general public.