Empowered Breastfeeding Moms in the Modern World

In this modern society, empowered women know their rights and self-worth. In the world of motherhood, a breastfeeding mom is an image of an empowered woman because she is capable of making her own decisions about her body without fear or pressure. Through proper information and support from their families and the community, women should be able to breastfeed with ease and confidence.

Breastfeeding tips in public

Breastfeeding moms and their babies should be able to take part in the same activities as anyone else. Gone are the days when breastfeeding moms have no choice but to stay at home. Through the years, women have learned to overcome the stigma of breastfeeding in public. 

Even Pinoy celebrities have embraced the joy of breastfeeding outside of their homes. Angelica Panganiban shared Instagram photos of herself breastfeeding her daughter in the park. Anne Curtis, Coleen Garcia, and Iya Villania also shared their breastfeeding experiences in random places on their Instagram accounts. 

Here are some breastfeeding tips in public:

Wear comfortable clothes

It’s advisable to wear loose-fitting clothing to make breastfeeding easy. You may also bring a breathable nursing cover-up. As the name suggests, a nursing cover-up covers your breast area while you are breastfeeding your baby or pumping milk. They come in different types (apron-style, “boncho”, cape, etc.), designs, and prints so you can still be stylish.

Find a quiet spot

Look for a place where you won’t be disturbed. If you’re in the mall, ask if there is a lactation center where you can breastfeed in private. In the absence of a lactation center, for example, if you’re in a restaurant, ask for a table in a corner or away from the main traffic area.

Be confident

Keep in mind that you have the right to breastfeed your child in public. If you’re feeling self-conscious, try to focus on your baby and not on the people around you.

Breastfeeding tips for working moms

Working moms already have a lot to juggle, and breastfeeding can add another layer of responsibility. They have to balance their work responsibilities, household chores, childcare duties, and their personal needs. It can be a lot to manage, but it is possible. With planning and effort, you can successfully combine breastfeeding and your career.

Here are some tips for breastfeeding working moms:

Plan ahead

Before you go back to work, plan how you will pump and store breast milk. Invest in a quality breast pump kit for an easier and more efficient pumping experience. There are many different types of breast pumps available, so do some research to find one that is right for you. You will also need quality breastmilk storage bags or you can use BPA-free hard plastic bottles or glass bottles that come with tight-fitting lids. 

Find a private and comfortable place to pump

Let your employer know that you are planning to breastfeed while you are working. Check if your workplace has a designated lactation room or if you can use an empty room or conference area to pump milk while you’re at work. Your company may also offer you more flexible work hours.

Practice safe expressing or handling breast milk

Follow the general guidelines of Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) for storing human milk at different temperatures to promote safety and maintain the quality of expressed breast milk.

Wear a hands-free nursing bra

This can make your breast pumping process more convenient and comfortable. 

Don't be afraid to ask for help

Setbacks are normal, especially if you’re a new mom. Keep in mind that you’re not alone. If you are struggling to breastfeed while you are working, don’t be afraid to ask for help from your doctor, lactation consultant, or a friend or family member who has breastfed. You can also connect with other breastfeeding moms by joining online support groups or forums.

Support breastfeeding awareness

August is National Breastfeeding Awareness Month, and Medicare Plus, Inc. supports this cause. So, moms, remember that you have the right to breastfeed your child in public. May these tips help you in your breastfeeding journey.


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