Listen to Robin's interview here:
To Cover or Not to Cover
Nursing in public can be anxiety provoking, especially for a parent just getting used to breastfeeding at all. In those early days when a breastfeeding pillow can feel essential and a third arm would be a real help, thinking about latching your baby in front of others can be enough to make you want to hibernate. And that is okay! Face the public when you feel ready. And when that happens, we have some options for you to consider:
Relevant links for our American friends:
You can look up the laws in your US state here: http://breastfeedinglaw.com/
In addition to her role as a lactation consultant, Robin has spent the last 3 years working in Breastfeeding Advocacy. In 2013, she created the San Diego Nursing in Public Task Force to educate her local community about the California laws that protect a mother's right to breastfeed in public and to provide support and guidance to mothers who have faced harassment or discrimination for breastfeeding in public. In 2016, Robin started the San Diego Breastfeeding Center Foundation, a non-profit organization that provides subsidized lactation consultations for low-income families and scholarships/internships for culturally diverse women to become lactation educators and IBCLCs.
Robin lives in San Diego with her 2 boys, Ben and Ryan, and her dog, Tilly. In her spare time, she enjoys cooking, hiking, traveling, and boogie boarding.
We are proud to present a series of podcasts for parents Breastfeeding Outside the Box, where we aim to support the nourishing and nurturing of babies in exceptional families - families who historically have not received the help and support they need and deserve. Our exceptional families include adoptive, intended, and foster families; gender, sexual, and racial minorities; families with special needs babies; parents who have had breast surgery; mothers with IGT or low milk production for other reasons; exclusively pumping mothers; and more.
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Breastfeeding Outside the Box aims to be as inclusive as possible. We are aware that the term "breastfeeding" has limitations: not all of our listeners have breasts and not all of our listeners are feeding at the breast. We are also aware that not all of our listeners identify as mothers. Therefore, we will regularly use the term "nursing" rather than "breastfeeding", and "parent" rather than "mother." While we cannot identify directly with every listener, as adoptive mothers who nursed their babies, Hope and I do understand what it is like to parent outside the box and will make every effort possible to embrace anyone interested in being a part of Breastfeeding Outside the Box. We also know that we are human with our own limitations and biases, and look forward to learning and growing with you. Please let us know how we can make you feel more welcome and supported.
Breastfeeding Outside The Box exists to provide education and information about breastfeeding options for people everywhere. Every effort has been made to provide up to date and accurate information, but this information should never be used to diagnose or treat problems you may be experiencing. Information shared in this episode is not intended to replace medical advice or care from your health care provider, and we encourage you to consult with your personal physician, pediatrician or local IBCLC before making decisions about your care or the care of your baby.