Planning a trip to Walt Disney World with a little one that is breastfeeding? Breastfeeding while visiting does not have to be tough. These tips will help you have a successful breastfeeding experience while also having a fun visit to the Most Magical Place on Earth!!
First and foremost, Florida law protects the mother’s right to breastfeed in public. You do not have to cover up- that is a personal choice, and you do not have to hide away in a bathroom to feed your child! Now that you know it’s legal, let’s get on to the tips that will help you…
Use the Baby Care Centers!!
Each of the 4 theme parks has a Baby Care Center. Most are located toward the entrance of the park. Each Baby Care Center offers quiet, private nursing areas, as well as clean spacious diaper changing areas, air conditioned seating area and feeding area, microwave, bottle warmer, filtered water, and select baby/toddler care products for sale. The Baby Care Centers are a wonderful place to breastfeed. The private nursing is dimly lit, quiet, has a rocking chair, and is nice and cool so you and baby are both comfortable while nursing. I especially like using the nursing areas when my baby is both hungry and sleepy, its the perfect place to let them nurse for a long period of time and take a nap!
Nurse during Shows and Attractions!!
There are some shows and attractions, which I love on their own, but are also perfect opportunities to nurse your baby, especially when you are quite a long way from the Baby Care Center. My favorites are Carousel of Progress (Magic Kingdom), Enchanted Tiki Room (Magic Kingdom), Hall of Presidents (Magic Kingdom), The American Adventure (Epcot), Disney & Pixar Short Film Festival ( Epcot), Finding Nemo- The Musical (Animal Kingdom), It’s Tough to Be A Bug (Animal Kingdom), Muppet*Vision 3D (Hollywood Studios), For the First Time in Forever: A Frozen Sing-Along Celebration (Hollywood Studios)
Nurse on the Go!!
Sometimes your baby is hungry and cannot wait! This is when a baby carrier that allows you to easily nurse while walking around is ideal. I highly suggest finding out which works best for you and practicing feeding in the carrier prior to your trip, to avoid any problems or stress on either you or baby during your trip. There are also a lot of quiet seating areas located throughout the park that I have found were a perfect spot to quietly and discreetly (with a cover) go and nurse my baby, if the carrier feeding was not working. Just keep in mind that Florida is hot and humid so be sure, if you are using a cover, to use one that is super breathable!!
As a Mom of 5, that has breastfed all 5 of my babies at Walt Disney World, I am here to tell you that it is doable, convenient, and does not have to be stressful at all. A little planning, preparation and patience can ensure you and your little one can have a magical breastfeeding journey while visiting Walt Disney World!!
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About the Author
Theresa Dougherty is a founding member of the Parent Panel. She has 4 sons and a daughter, and specializes in Disney vacations for tweens, teens and older children.