#BreastfeedingWeek: we discuss public breast action

We really felt for Binky Felstead this week saying she felt uncomfortable getting her boobs out in public. A ‘regular’ new mother doesn’t need to contend with a bunch of papz trying to poke their lens as far into the nipple action as poss – but it’s still not easy.

A few comments from some of our writers:

“We were in a seaside town (which I shan’t name, but it was super provincial) and having lunch in a pub. I honestly felt like every dirty old man was staring at my chest, and held off so long on a feed that both of my boobs blew and I had to rush and feed my son on the loo…Looking back I wished I’d had a poncho – but it was like, 100 degrees. Dria Cover’s ones are super light and really beachy…”

“I might sound like something out of the 50s, but when I was out with my husband I felt like every other man in the room shouldn’t get a free peek of my boobs. So, if we went out for dinner I’d just pump beforehand (or – in the car park). I started out with a Philips Avent Manual Pump (really efficient but my god it squeaks!). If I had my first again (ie the golden moments when we could go out for dinner and express in the car park) I’d get Medela’s ‘Pump in Style’ pump, in the chic black tote.”

“I honestly don’t have a problem with having a glass of wine as a mum – and most guidelines would recommend having the wine at the same time as feeding rather than afterwards because it won’t enter your system (ie milk) for 20 mins or so… But wow – the looks – boob out and a glass of prosecco? The FMLY store have the right idea (free booze and you can breastfeed) but not sure anywhere else is as switched on to ‘what mama wants’. But, don’t judge a gal for having a wine’o’clock moment, til you’ve walked a mile pushing her stroller…”