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How to Become Less Controversial When Breastfeeding In Public

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There have already been issues about mothers breastfeeding their babies in public places – the parks, malls, markets, moving cars, and so on. Some people just couldn’t understand why they have to do that.  The act became more controversial when photos of two military women nursing their babies while they are in uniform came out.  Even if the photo was part of breastfeeding awareness campaign it still sparked outrage. So, it is a social issue which you can’t expect to find a resolution soon.

The public reactions to the photo are very surprising, because the military does not prevent the Air Force mothers to breastfeed, even in public.  It is a legal act; in fact, it is encouraged among moms, thus the awareness campaign. While there are rules about wearing the military uniforms, there is no specific policy about breastfeeding while in uniform.  However, military people are always advised to be careful of their appearance whenever they are in uniforms. 
Perhaps, the public is concerned about the breasts getting exposed while the babies are fed. The photo in question shows one breastfeeding mother with her both breasts showing, and only her nipples are covered by the babies, who obviously are twins.

I believe this concern can be solved in part if mothers wear nursing bras.  The military mothers seem to be not wearing any bra when the photo was taken. Perhaps the photograph will not get this much controversy had it shown that the mothers are wearing nursing bras, and very little or no part of the breast is exposed.

A nursing bra is a special kind of bra designed to provide support to lactating women besides allowing them to breastfeed their babies comfortably. This bra need not be removed or lifted up to give access to your baby, as its cups have flaps that you can easily open and close with a single hand. When you are in public, nursing your infant requires only minimal effort, and you can minimize any unwanted attention from people around you. It is suited to wear with different outer garments, and you can also avoid the issues of leaks because the bra cups allow you to insert pads between feedings.

There are lots of nursing bras in the market, but don’t buy yet if you are in your first months of pregnancy.  The reason is that your breasts can get larger after giving birth, so wait until the last month.  Buy only two  to three pieces after you got yourself measured.

To choose the best nursing bra, look for flexibility; it should allow enough room as your breast milk starts coming in. The cup opening should be enough for your baby to feed. Other features to look for when buying a nursing bra includes 4 hook-and-eye fastenings, wide shoulder straps, broad back and side panels, deep front center, and cups that easily unclasp. Avoid buying very tight nursing bras, so as not to squeeze or constrict your breasts and prevent the smooth flow of milk.  Wearing tight bras can also result in conditions like mastitis setting in.

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