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Days out and breastfeeding

With a bit of planning to get out of the house, it's easy to breastfeed away from home. You might feel a little nervous the first time, but it gets easier with every feed you do. It can help to feed somewhere you find comfortable the first couple of times. It could be a friend’s house or in a quiet cafe. It's your right to feed where you want, so just pick anywhere that works for you.

Breastfeeding when out and about

Once you get the hang of breastfeeding, you'll be able to do it without anyone even noticing. If you wear something that lifts up from the waist, like a t-shirt or a jumper rather than a shirt or blouse with buttons, you can breastfeed without any breast showing at all. Find out more about breastfeeding-friendly clothes here.

A lot of mums find slings and carriers useful for breastfeeding when you're out. They let you carry your baby around close to your body, keep your hands free and can make breastfeeding almost invisible.

Breastfeeding friendly scheme

Keep an eye out for this “Breastfeeding friendly” sticker when you’re out and about – it lets you know that businesses like cafes and restaurants will make an extra effort to look after and welcome breastfeeding mums. 

If you have enquiries about the scheme, you can email the team at BreastfeedingFriendlyScotland@gov.scot.

Feeling self-conscious

In the early days, it’s normal to feel a bit self-conscious about breastfeeding in front of people. The more you breastfeed while you’re out and about, the more confident you'll get and the easier it'll be. Here are some mums on their advice for breastfeeding while you’re out and about:  

Meet other breastfeeding mums

If you want to get out of the house but you’re still feeling a bit self-conscious about feeding in public, your local breastfeeding group is a great place to take that first step. Everyone around you will be breastfeeding and you’re likely to meet mums going through the same things you are.

Don’t feel comfortable? Try expressing

If you really don’t feel comfortable breastfeeding in public, you can always express your milk ahead of time and feed using a bottle or cup. You can find out more about how to express in our 'Expressing your breast milk' section.

Your legal right to breastfeed

Remember, it is your legal right to breastfeed wherever and whenever. In Scotland breastfeeding is protected by the Breastfeeding etc. (Scotland) Act 2005, meaning it is an offence to stop someone in a public place from feeding their child milk if they’re under two. This means that cafes, shops, or anywhere that tries to stop a mum from breastfeeding can be fined. However, you'll probably find that most people don't bat an eye at the sight of a breastfeeding mum and are actually very supportive.

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Last updated: 14 Sep, 2019