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When I had Isla just under 5 weeks ago, one thing I was scared off along my breastfeeding journey was if and when she needed feeding when we were out. Isla is also fed on demand which made me more nervous, I couldn't plan things around feed times.
Its a daunting thought at first, having to get your boobs out in public. But, I had nothing to be scared of, I've now fed in public on numerous occasions as when Isla needs feeding, she needs feeding.
I was bored of being stuck in the house, I couldn't drive anywhere due to my c-section and the toddler was beginning to get a little stressed not being able to do much so we ventured on the bus to the local town. I had posted to friends before hand asking for tips and advice but I was still super nervous. I had it planned, when Isla got hungry, I would head to the local Asda get Jack some lunch and feed Isla. However when I was sitting in the Asda cafe there was a gentleman who kept staring at me, this made me terribly uncomfortable. If you read my post yesterday you will know I have a fear of feeding infront of men. I thought everything was going wrong, poor Isla was hungry and I didn't feel comfortable feeding her. Instead after Asda we headed to the local Costa Coffee, I got myself and Jack a drink and we sat on the chairs and I proceeded to feed Isla. No-one stared as I latched her on, no-one stared whilst I fed her yes people looked and glanced across whilst I was feeding but I didn't feel intimidated.
Since this first occasion I've gone on to feed Isla whilst walking around Tesco shopping, in a garden centre, in Sainsburys cafe, walking around Ikea, in the local park, in my car on carparks. With each feed I do I gain a little more confidence, slowly I'm building it up. I still get a little nervous when needing to feed when out and about, but so far all of my public feeding experiences have been positive and memorable.