Breastfeeding in a public area can be pretty damn intimidating, especially if you’re a first time mom. Luckily, I’ve been at this game for a while now (almost 6 years straight) so I like to think I’m a pretty seasoned professional at it by now. That being said, one of the few times I’ve been the slightest bit intimidated over the last few years, has been my first trip to Disney with a breastfeeding baby.
I’ve been to Disney a few hundred times over the last 32 years of my life (perks of being a Floridian and having annual passes off and on over the years) but January 2019 was the first time I had been to Disney with a baby that was still breastfeeding. Normally, I wouldn’t even bat an eye at breastfeeding my little one when we are out at a store or a restaurant but this is DISNEY WORLD! This is a place filled with thousands upon thousands of people from all over the world. That’s pretty scary.
Suddenly all of those media reports of women being harassed by random strangers because they were nursing their baby filled my head. What if this was going to be that time for me? I know the laws and I know I’m protected, but no mom want’s trouble when all they are trying to do is feed their baby.
What was it like breastfeeding at Disney World?
I knew before we even took that first trip in January that I would inevitably end up having to breastfeed my youngest while we were there. She had just turned one a few weeks before our first trip and still relied on breast milk as her primary source of nutrition and comfort. So I made sure that I was prepared. I did some research and found Disney’s is considered to be a breastfeeding friendly environment and knowing that in the state of Florida all women are allowed to breastfeeding in any place (public or private) that they are allowed to be in boosted that confidence again.
It wasn’t long before Harper felt the need to eat when we arrived to the park on our first trip. Luckily it wasn’t an overly busy day and I was able to feed her at a nice little table in a quiet part of Pinocchio Village Haus, next to It’s A Small World, in Magic Kingdom. This was a great are because the whole family got to sit down in a nice climate controlled building, with comfortable chairs with backs on them (breastfeeding moms know that a good backed chair is where it’s at when you’re feeding a hungry baby) and drink fresh ice water and eat a snack while I fed the baby.
I had to feed her a few more times throughout the day, so we would find a nice comfortable bench or table throughout the park and rest while she ate. I also ended up nursing her on several different rides as well. It’s a small world is the bomb for breastfeeding…. slow, no drops, lots of music, and somewhat comfy seats… yup it’s great.
How Accommodating is Disney for Breastfeeding moms?
Like I stated before, Disney is considered to be a breastfeeding friendly place, so luckily they are very accommodating when it comes to feeding your baby yoda.
One of the things I can really appreciate that Disney has done, is that they have built some very nice Baby Care Centers in the parks. Each park has one designated Center (normally located near the medical center) that has really great resources available for parents to use. There are bathrooms, changing stations, rooms with sofas, TVs, and tables, water, and even food, medicine, and clothing that you can purchase if it’s needed. Everything seems to be very clean and the Cast Members working in there have all been very nice and welcoming.
This has become one of my favorite places to visit while I’m in the parks because it gives you a chance to escape the craziness that is Disney World and slip into a nice quiet, climate controlled building where you and your little one can relax. These are especially good if you happen to have a little one that is easily distracted or have other kiddos that you may want to allow to rest or need to entertain while you feed the baby.
I’ve also found that the Cast Members throughout Disney Parks seem to be very willing to help a mama out. On one trip, I was alone with my two youngest while my husband took the older kids on Splash Mountain. Harper became very fussy and I could tell that she wanted to eat. Being alone with a 1 and 3 year old and having all of our stuff and the stroller, it was a little harder to find somewhere to feed her. Add in the fact that it was a pretty hot and busy day at the parks and well, I started to feel a little overwhelmed. I walked into the Briar Patch because I knew they happen to have rocking chairs but unfortunately… they were all taken. So I opted to prop up in the back and pulled Harper out the stroller. Just after I started feeding her, one of the sweetest Cast Members came up to me and asked how my trip was going. I told her great and that we were just trying to escape the heat while the baby ate. She then asked if I wanted someplace to sit. I declined saying that the chairs were all occupied and that I was okay, if it was okay for me to stand there. She said that it wasn’t a problem and walked away. A minute later, she returned pulling a rocking chair she had found. She set it up under one of the Big fans by a door for me so I could get “maximum breeze” and told me to have a magical day.
That’s just one of the countless great experiences I’ve had at Disney but I’ll just never forget how kind she was and the fact that she went out of her way to help me when she really didn’t have to. Not once did I feel like I was being ushered someplace away from the guests and never once did she make feel uncomfortable. That’s just how the Cast Members are at Disney.
Weirdest places I’ve breastfed at Disney
It’s inevitable, if you’re breastfeeding at Disney, you’re probably going to end up doing it in some pretty unique places. Everyone has nursed their child in a restaurant but have you ever fed your baby on a ride? No? I have… a few times. I’ve even found a few preferred breastfeeding rides in my adventures. It’s a small world, Pirate of the Caribbean, Jungle Cruise, Frozen, Journey into imagination with Figment, Spaceship Earth, The Seas with Nemo and Friends, and the Little Mermaid are all great rides for breastfeeding. Just make sure to hold on tight for that drop on Pirates and in Frozen.
Shows are another fun place I’ve managed to breastfeed in a number of times. Country Bears Jamboree, Frozen Ever After: A frozen Sing Along, Indiana Jones, Beauty and the Beast , Journey of the Little Mermaid, Finding Nemo, the Tiki Room, and The Lion King are great because they are normally dark, cool, and have decent seating.
If you are heading to Disney with your own nursling, don’t worry. Disney has ended up being one of the easiest places I’ve ever had to breastfeed.
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