I get a lot of people saying they know how to breastfeed “safely” in a moving car. I sort of doubt most of them are.
If mom weighs 120 pounds, and is in a crash with 20 G’s, her entire body will weigh 120 pounds x 20G’s = 2400 pounds. You can imagine that her chest will weigh at least 1,000 of these pounds – and if she is leaning over the baby to nurse, her chest will slam down on the baby’s body in a sudden stop or crash – as both the mom and baby will be moving in the same direction due to the physics of the crash. You wouldn’t drop a 1,000 pound cinder block on a baby – so too you shouldn’t lean over the child to nurse them – as your body can crush the child.
I could see, given my very, very large boobs, that there might be a way for a very select number of people to stay firmly seated but streeetch a nipple over for latch-on. I still suspect that number’s far fewer than the people who think they’re being safe and are not. For my part (and despite the aforementioned boobage), it’s not worth the risk. If your baby must nurse, pull over.
I’m taking this one right from Authentic Parenting’s Sunday Surf, because it’s worth repeating!