Nursing in public...one moms look back

6 years ago

You know how they say when you buy a new car you see everyone around you has the same car/color? All because you notice it more. I think the same thing can be said about breast feeding moms, even my husband, and close friends have noticed it.

I saw a post this week’s about breast feeding at a State Fair and had to laugh; hubby and I were at our State Fair on Monday (post coming later this weekend) and I didn’t notice anyone breast feeding; but A) I wasn’t looking, and B) there were SO many people!

It got me thinking though where have I seen other mom’s bfing….

Recently there was a woman at our local zoo, tucked back in a corner under a tree on a blanket…you wouldn’t have known what she was doing unless you’ve been there. Countless people at stores, walking around with babies in wraps or sitting on a bench, restaurants, other mom’s at Lexie’s birthday; at local playgrounds; in quite a few places actually. And before I had Lexie where had I see NIP…. other than once in the OB’s waiting room while I was preg I can’t think of any; strange isn’t it?

I look back on our 1year + of bfing and I laugh looking at our struggles and victories; when Lexie was barely a month a childhood friend convinced me that a big group of us should go to Red Lobster for lunch…no big deal right? WRONG! It was a DISASTER!!! Lexie screamed her little head off and finally I went into the other side of the restaurant and walked and walked her; I tried to nurse her facing the corner with a cape on scared someone would see me and say something (there was no customers in this room); a few mins after I finally got her to nurse (still standing in the corner trying to be discrete…and hiding….) the manager came over and tapped me on the should…”ahhh miss?” (here it comes!) “You don’t have stand in the corner to do that, here come have a seat in one of the booths” I mumbled something about not wanting to be in the way, or disturb the table settings and she smiled and told me only the staff would be eating in that area, the table could be cleared and reset easily and most importantly that baby and I needed to be comfortable.

I thanked her many times, when she seated me there, when she reheated my food when I went to join the rest of our group; and many times when we left; but I don’t think she will ever know the impact she had on me. I will never be one that is comfortable {personally} NIP without a cover; but I will always hold my head high NIP with my cape. . . as if it is my Super Mommy Cape ….

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