Public Places and Work

Your breastfeeding schedule may not always allow for you to be at home, especially once you return to work. You may also feel uncomfortable in a public environment or approaching your boss about the issue. Provided are tips to make the home-to-public transition easier.

Public Places

  • Many states have laws that allow you to breastfeed in public.
  • In Iowa there is a law that allows breastfeeding in public.
  • You want to be prepared to breastfeed before you leave the house. Wear a bra and clothing that allow easy access to the breast.
  • Try to feed the baby before he/she becomes overly fussy.  This way you will not have unnecessary attention when trying to feed.
  • You may use a blanket or purchase a breastfeeding cover up.  Others around you might not even realize that you are breastfeeding as you maintain a sense of privacy.
  • It may be best to try to start breastfeeding in public at a slower place.  For example, starting out in an area where there may not be too many people.  This way you can build up your confidence.
  • Do not be discouraged by any stares or glares.  You are providing key nutrients for your growing child.

Back to Work

  • Do not hesitate to contact your employer about pumping while at work.  Chances are you are not the first breastfeeding woman at your company.
  • Try to make a breastfeeding schedule before going back to work.  Feeding just before leaving and right away when you get home reduces the feedings away from the breast.
  • Breastfeeding at least once during work is ideal however, pumping is an effective alternative.
  • Pumping can be done anywhere that is private enough to feel comfortable.  This location will need to have an outlet so that the pump can be plugged in unless you are using a battery pack.  Make sure to properly clean all pumping supplies before going back to work.