GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. (WOTV)- Being a multi-tasking mamma isn’t easy! Being a multi-tasking breast-feeding mamma is even harder. Stopping to pump or feed your baby every few hours can get tricky especially when you’re on the go. So what advice can we give to those hardworking moms trying to make it all work?
We turned to a West Michigan Doula and mother of three young boys, Megan Michelotti, to help guide us with some gentle suggestions for breastfeeding moms. Megan is in the business of supporting women in their choices and providing support throughout their birthing and motherhood journeys. Here are some important things to remember.
DO replenish your fluids even if you are out and about! Making a point to drink a glass of water every time you nurse can be even more difficult when you are on the go.
DO wear two layers if discretion is important to you, but you don’t want to mess with an awkward cover. A tank top under your other shirt allows the back and belly to be covered while the top shirt is lifted to breastfeed. The baby’s head largely covers any exposed breast. Practice in front of the mirror and you’ll find it appears you’re just holding a sleeping baby.
DO know the laws pertaining to breastfeeding in Michigan. Know you are protected to feed your baby wherever and whenever you want/need to. Be able to educate anyone challenging your right on this issue, calmly and confidently.
DO give other breastfeeders a smile of support or a pat on the shoulder!
DO attend a breastfeeding support meeting, class, or La Leche League meeting during pregnancy and after your baby is born to become comfortable with breastfeeding in general.
DO join a breastfeeding group on FB. Ask about favorite nursing spots of the other members when you are going to a specific destination (i.e. the Zoo, F Meyer Gardens, Art Prize).
DON’T ever feel you need to feed your baby in a bathroom, let alone on a toilet. No one should be expected to eat in a germ-infested bathroom, least of all our smallest and most vulnerable humans.
DON’T sweat it! Feeding your baby is normal. Confidently feeding your baby in public can make it even easier for the next generation of mothers.
DON’T judge others who choose to do differently than you! We all walk our own paths and we are all doing our best and making the choices we feel are best for our families.
**Places in West Michigan that are Breastfeeding Friendly:
**According to West Michigan moms. Note list may be subject to change.
-Kent District Librarys
-Rivertown Mall family lounges
-Grand Rapids Children’s Museum has a designated nursing nook
-Tanger Outlets has a nursing room.
Email us with your suggestions.
Megan Michelotti, CD(DONA) is a certified professional doula with Over the Moon Doula Services. Preparing mothers for breastfeeding, and helping with some of a new mother’s first nursing sessions is part of her job description and it’s one of her favorites! She draws from her extensive training through DONA International, and many continuous education sources, as well as her personal experience nursing three babies of her own.
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