In the seven years I have called Southern California home, I have had two children, which means Breastfeeding. I’ve learned a thing or two about the when, where’s and how’s of this practice, especially when it comes to nursing in public at our many parks and destinations. From Nursing at Knott’s to Breastfeeding at Disneyland, enjoying the beaches to exploring Nursing Stations at local malls – I have wracked up a few tips and tricks. I will strive to share some of those tips in the coming weeks and months, but today I want to talk about Breastfeeding at Disneyland.
I LOVE Disneyland – everything about it. From the ambiance to the crowded streets, the smells to the area specific uniforms of the cast – I love it all!. Truthfully, when it comes to the Mouse House, it’s all about the details – and the Magic Kingdom KNOWS details!
The small touches make the scene complete, no matter what time of year you visit. The picture above was captured in New Orleans Square in February – right around Mardi Gras time! They were also doing construction at the time, but like everything else, the Mouse pays attention to the details.
Seriously… what is not to love about Disneyland? (Don’t really answer that… I KNOW there are reasons) But I don’t care! Costs aside, a venture there is a memory in the making.
Breastfeeding at Disneyland can also be one of those precious memories – and far easier than you think. For many people, the idea of Nursing in Public is dismaying or downright terrifying, but with some preparation and foreknowledge, it really doesn’t have to be. For more tips and tricks on how to Nurse in public elsewhere, see my post “The Ultimate Guide to Breastfeeding in Public.”
As for Breastfeeding in Disneyland, here are some tips to help you navigate the Magic Kingdom with your nursing infant (or toddler!)
Tips to help make Breastfeeding at Disneyland Effortless
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Wear Nursing Friendly Clothing
Many, many stores have nursing specific clothing options these days, along with a ton of online retailers. Finding a top that you can easily nurse in is a MUST for Breastfeeding moms – this means that the top must either open or be stretchy enough to pull down. You can also avoid extra expenses and ‘hack’ your clothes by using the dual shirt method. You can pull up the top shirt while pulling down the under shirt – which enables nursing while keeping you covered. Here’s a video by Ana Garcia that demonstrates the technique.
Use a front wearing carrier
I remember walking in Downtown Disney, blissfully nursing my youngest with no one the wiser. I was wearing the Ergo Baby – which enabled me to just lower her a little bit by adjusting the hip strap till her head was level with my nipple, then lift the sun shield for added protection. In my plethora of slings, wraps and carriers, the Ergo was my go-to, mainly because I could nurse in it comfortably.
Find a bench
There are a million plus benches all over Disneyland, no matter which park you are in or area you are exploring. You can find one, get comfortable, and nurse to your hearts content. No one should bother you, as the general policy of Disneyland allows public nursing. To double check this, or if you have other questions regarding policy or procedure, you can check the Disney Parks Mom Panel.
Wear a Cover
If you are using one of those many, many benches and you feel self-conscious, you can also use a nursing cover. Like the nursing clothes mentioned above, there are numerous new options out there for covers. Some resemble infinity scarves with multiple uses, like this charcoal gray one from Etsy, while others are more like aprons, like this one speckled with Anchors, again from a seller on Etsy.
You can also simply use a baby blanket or these versatile Muslim Swaddle Blankets (These things are huge and SOOOO useful – for anything baby related!)
But please, just remember that you are NOT required to wear a nursing cover when Breastfeeding in Disneyland, or at any Disney resort. Use one only for your own comfort level and privacy, if you so choose.
Use the Baby Center
While you are allowed to Breastfeed anywhere in Disneyland, some people feel more comfortable nursing in private. If this is you, then the Baby Center is the place you are looking for.
They have highchairs if you need them, chairs for breastfeeding, plugs for your pump, a small toilet for potty training toddlers and just enough quiet to stave off the rush of the park.
There are multiple changing tables, each ready for the inevitable blowout, plus they are fully stocked with purchasable items – just in case you forgot a much needed item at home. They have diaper cream if there is a rash, diapers if you run out, formula for those needing it, baby food, toddler food, plus much more. These centers are made to make a family’s life easier -and they are welcoming to all.
Where are the Baby Centers?
Currently, there are two Baby Care Centers available for public use. In Disneyland, the Center is located at the end of Main Street, near the First Aid Office. In California Adventure, the Center is in Pacific Wharf, near Ghirardehlli’s. You can find more information here.
Breastfeeding at Disneyland is one of my fondest memories with my little ones. We nursed in the park, in the centers and even on a few rides (Haunted Mansion!).
What about you?
Have you ever nursed at a Disney Park? What was it like? Do you have any tips to share? Experiences you want to relay? Leave a comment – join the conversation, I would love to hear from you!