For the most part, as a first-time mother breastfeeding in public feels totally normal. I cover his head so as not to draw attention to my nursing baby. On airline flights and in restaurants people feel pretty relaxed around us. But in a shoe store recently, a lady yelled at me saying a shoe store wasn’t the place to feed a baby. Is there any etiquette as to where I should not feed him?
–Caroline, Los Angeles, CA
When out and about shopping, what better place to feed a baby, nursing or not, than in a shoe store? Lots of places to sit down, often good music and friendly salespeople. The law is on your side in California. Even though breastfeeding in public is forbidden in certain jurisdictions and is not addressed by law in others, in 46 states, plus the District of Columbia and Puerto Rico, the right to breastfeed is a granted legal right in public as well as in the workplace.
When breastfeeding in public space, be considerate of others and gently cover the baby’s head with a lightweight cloth, even though most of us melt at the sight of a cute baby.
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