Breastfeeding in the South of France
Breastfeeding in public is perfectly acceptable in the South of France. Remember to stay hydrated in the warm weather.
There are plenty of large supermarket and pharmacy chains in France (such as Carrefour and Monoprix) where you can buy formula, food, wipes and nappies. Generally the products will differ from what you can get in other countries. Most supermarkets are open Monday-Saturday from approx 9am-8pm and, particularly in the summer, some are also open on Sunday mornings. Most towns have markets which typically operate in the morning and early afternoon of a particular day or days to sell fresh produce. Most towns and villages also have a number of bakeries which generally open from around 6 or 7am every morning as well as butchers, fish-mongers and so on.
The quality of the water in France is generally good and it is generally safe to drink tap water in the cities. Otherwise, bottled water is available everywhere but please be mindful of the fact that it can be overpriced in hotels and it is cheaper to buy it in the local shops and markets.
Aptamil is sold as Milupa in France and is available in Carrefour (Stage 2 only) and Hipp Organic is also available here. Milupa for hungry babies has the words ‘comfort plus’ on carton of formula. Popular French formulas include Bio Baby, Enfamil, Nutricia and Nestle Nidal. You will be able to buy these brands in supermarkets and large pharmacies. Fresh milk is also available in pharmacies and will be labeled Lait Frais. Again, these brands may taste different to what your baby is used to and it is always advisable to bring your child’s formula with you from home.
Baby Food is largely the same as in Ireland and the UK and you will be able to buy a wide variety of flavours. Hipp Organic is available in Carrefour and some larger supermarkets. You will be able to buy snacks, fruit puree, cereals and yoghurts which are similar to the brands available in the UK and Ireland in most supermarkets and in some of the larger pharmacies.