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Breastfeeding and Springtime

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Spring fever. We’ve all got it! Ditch those coats and hats. Banish the heavy baby blankets. It’s time to head outside for some fun.

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With this, comes more options for where you can comfortably breastfeed en plein air. Give it a go in the playground, at the park, on the sidelines of your older child’s soccer game. Soon enough, you’ll even be headed to the beach. The world is your oyster.

While breastfeeding in public comes easily to some moms, others need a little encouragement. If you’re feeling like you need a little guidance, check out our post here on “8 Tips for Breastfeeding in Public.” You’ll find insight into how to deal with people who might be a little uncomfortable with breastfeeding in public, as well has knowing your legal rights to nurse where ever, and when ever, you want.

And if you’re not sure what additional gear you might want, check out this post, “Breastfeeding On The Go.” You’ll learn about nursing shawls, pillows and diaper bags.

Something else to consider with the warmer weather…make sure your baby is well protected from the sun when she’s nursing. Talk to your pediatrician to see if she’s old enough to wear sunscreen.  And even if she is, make sure she has a sun hat to protect that delicate head. You can even use your own hat to shield her (and yourself) while she’s feeding. Also, consider getting a sun shield for your stroller.

So get off that couch and head on outside. Just don’t forget your own sunblock

About Andi

Andi Silverman is the author of "Mama Knows Breast: A Beginner's Guide to Breastfeeding." She is also a digital marketing consultant for Nosy Crow, a children's book and app publisher. Andi blogs at and can be found on Twitter @AndiSilverman.

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