Wednesday, March 6, 2013

Breastfeeding at Disney World

The most magical place on Earth. A place where fairy tales, princesses, story book characters and everything in between comes to life. A place where people from all over the globe can be found at any given time. Disney World... most children's fantasy... A place where parent can experience magic through the eyes of their children.

(All dressed like Minnie!)

We went to this magical place last week. No, this was not our first time... and yes we have plans on going back (already!) BUT this time I decided I was going to REALLY look into how breastfeeding friendly Disney World is. The first time I thought about breastfeeding and Disney World  was a few years ago. Kit Kat was 11 months old (and breastfeeding) and Pooker was 2 years old. So I clearly had breastfeeding friendly places on my mind. I did find a few great places... but I also only saw one fellow breastfeeder while we were there.

THIS time I decided I was going to make an effort to seek out great breastfeeding locations and hopefully spot some NIP'ers in the process. Now although I did not need to find a spot to breastfeed, since Kit Kat weaned in January (my big three year old!!!) I still have an urge to seek out breastfeeding friendly areas. Just kinda something I do. Before we left for our vacation, I googled "breastfeeding and Disney World" to see what other mummies had to say. I was saddened (to say the least) at what I read. All of the content I found said "how breastfeeding friendly Disney is...." but the bloggers recommended "covering up" so you "do not offend people form other countries"  or to only use the Baby Care Centers. (Now these bloggers were not Disney cast members or affiliated with Disney World.) Personally, I am not going to tell someone to cover just to help someone (even if they are from another country) feel more comfortable. If the Mummie wants to cover, all power to them.... but please only cover FOR YOUR comfort.. not others.

I wanted to make a post about how breastfeeding friendly Disney World REALLY is and how you do not have to cover, if you do not want to.

I am happy to announce I saw 5 breastfeeding Mummies this trip! I saw 3 sitting down and 2 walking! I was so excited... I would count them out loud... one point Mr Mummie ducked when I said "FOUR!"..... he must have thought a gold ball was coming at him! (We were at Epcot after all.... The Big Golf Ball.....HAHA) I also saw my fair share of baby wearing DADDIES!!! LOVED that!!!!!

So if you are planning a fun filled Disney World vacation.... here are some Mummie Approved places to breastfeed. Our FAVORITE park is The Magic Kingdom. So most of my FAV location are in that park.

Cinderella's Castle has some great benches and if you are there at a certain time of the day you are in the shade! Breastfeeding at Cinderella's Castle?! YES PLEASE!

Or you can sit at Cinderella's Fountain. If you breastfeed there, be sure to make a wish!



Pecos Bill's at The Magic Kingdom (inside of Frontier Land) is a great indoor location. The back of the eating area is dark, air conditioned and on "down" times very quiet. It is also a great place for little ones to nap in a stroller. The seats are little stools that are the perfect height for little legs that need to be propped up while sleeping. I have used this location MANY times.... It is my go to location.
(Kit Kat napping.. notice her feet are propped up on the seat. We were in the back of the building and it was nice and quiet!)

Right in front of the carousel (going toward the new Fantasy Land area) are some amazing stone archways. Around the archways are benches, which make a great resting place or breastfeeding spot. Again, these are in the shade at certain parts of the day and make a GREAT people watching spot!
(Sleeping Princesses!)

On the backside of Pinocchio's House restaurant are some tables and chairs... another GREAT location! It is off to the side and shaded... plus the bathrooms are close by... so if you have another little one who has to potty you have them covered! 

Of course you can visit the baby care centers. Which are great for a very quiet place. These centers have multiple rooms for multiple needs. They do supply the centers with baby care items, some have tv's, first aid, bathrooms and ALL have nursing rooms equipped with rocking chairs and changing tables. I used the Magic Kingdom Baby Care Center when I was breastfeeding Kit Kat. I wanted to try it out and see what I thought. I enjoyed it.... for a baby who is distracted easily it works very well!

The Baby Care Center locations are:

Magic Kingdom:
Located near the First Aid Station between Casey’s and The Crystal Palace.

Epcot:
 Located in the Odyssey Center between Test Track and the Showcase Plaza. (Look behind the Mexico ride.)

Disney's Hollywood Studios:
Located inside of Guest Relations near the main entrance to the park.

Animal Kingdom:
Located to the left of the Tree of Life in the building right before you cross the bridge into Africa.

So there you have it! Disney World is VERY breastfeeding friendly, whether you choose to use a designated nursing room or breastfeed in the open.... it is all good! Just remember Mickey Mouse was breastfed! And as Walt Disney has said "It was all started by a mouse."

~Mummie



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