Lately, there has been a lot of media attention over a women’s right to breastfeed her baby anywhere she wants, with nurse-ins staged at numerous businesses and government offices. You will be happy to know that no one will complain and send you to the nearest restroom (eww!) if you nurse your little one anywhere on Disney property!
Don’t get me wrong, I’ve got a great set of boobs, but I’m not game for sharing them with the world, whether I’m nursing or not. It’s just an issue of modesty for me. (For the same reason, you won’t find any photos of me nursing in this post.) There are tons of innovative covers and wraps for mothers to buy or make, and I suggest taking at least one with you if for nothing else but shielding your child from the sun, or for extra warmth inside chilly restaurants.
You can nurse anywhere on Disney property. It’s a great opportunity pay attention to all of the fabulous Disney details while nourishing your child. These are my favorite places because they are cool, comfortable, and convenient. If you are bottle feeding, these places will work very well for you, too!
All Parks: Baby Care Centers – I’m pretty sure I talk about these in every post that relates to small children. There is one in every park; I wish there were more! Find them on a map prior to arrival. They are one of the best kept secrets at Disney World. They are air conditioned, private nursing rooms here that are quiet and well kept. Problem is, most are near the entrance, and if you’ve ventured your way to the back of the park, it just isn’t convenient to make the trek all the way back to the front. However, if you are nearby, take advantage.
|She really likes the TTA PeopleMover|
There are too many honorable mentions at Magic Kingdom to mention. I just love sitting around, here! Some attractions I routinely nurse on including, Haunted Mansion, Tomorrowland Transit Authority PeopleMover, Monsters Inc Laugh Floor, Mickey’s Philharmagic, and Hall of Presidents. Carousel of Progress gets higher marks because there is usually no wait, the show at least 20 minutes, it won’t distract the baby, and stroller parking isn’t a mile away.
|Sleeping after Spaceship Earth|
Animal Kingdom: Wildlife Express Train – Located in the African village of Harambee, The Wildlife Express Train is about twelve minutes long. Grab a seat on the back row & start nursing while you take in the scenery en route to Rafiki’s Planet Watch. You get to see some of the “behind the scenes” work going on at Animal Kingdom, something that’s always appealing to me. I’m not a big fan of the Planet Watch itself; we usually stay on the train and ride back to Harambee. Sometimes the wait time to get on board isn’t worth it. You could easily find a bench nearby nurse and burp the baby before the train gets into the station. If you can walk right on, it’s totally worth the ride. Honorable mention at Animal Kingdom goes to any one of the many benches, especially those on the Discovery Island Trails.
|Happy Baby, Happy Mommy!|
|Remember, Daddy needs quality time, too!|
Place I avoid…
Parades: It just isn’t safe to sit on a Main Street curb and try to accomplish this nearly impossible feat. We all love a good Disney parade, but there’s just too much noise and commotion to make sure baby gets a good latch. Grumpy but curious is what your baby will be if you try to attempt this. Unless you’re baby wearing, it’s also downright uncomfortable to try and nurse standing up.
Downtown Disney: We usually only spend a half day in Downtown Disney, and unless we were in a restaurant, nursing here was just painfully awkward. Benches are few and far between, and they usually are not in shaded areas. There is a spot right outside Ghirardelli Soda Fountain and Chocolate Shop that has round tables with umbrellas that face the water; that’s about as comfortable as you can get…if you can call that comfortable.
Attraction Exit Areas: Even though it's a good spot to catch your party after they've left a ride you can't take the baby on (remember to use Rider Swap), they are much too busy, noisy and crowded to try to breastfeed a child. Pick a designated meeting area that's comfortable for you and baby before your group splits up and then trade your finally full little one for a seat on Tower of Terror!