How Can I Breastfeed in Public?

Breastfeeding is the most natural and normal way of feeding and nurturing your baby, and is highly valued in many cultures.  Many mothers also find that although they feel proud of nursing their baby, they feel concerned about how to do this in a public place without drawing unwanted attention to themselves.  Being modest doesn't have to keep you and baby at home (or hidden in the restroom).  It's easy to breastfeed discreetly in public if you wear the right clothes.  A loose-fitting shirt or top that lifts or can be unbuttoned from the waist will let you feed your baby without exposing your breasts.

  • Tuck a corner of a receiving blanket under your bra strap and then cover the baby.

  • Try a baby sling.  When used correctly, it lets your baby be carried and breastfed while you are out shopping or walking.

  • California law says it is your right to breastfeed in public.