Welcome to the July 2010 Carnival of Nursing in Public
This post was written for inclusion in the Carnival of Nursing in Public hosted by Dionna and Paige at NursingFreedom.org. All week, July 5-9, we will be featuring articles and posts about nursing in public ("NIP"). See the bottom of this post for more information.
My baby doesn't take a bottle. Not one. Never. Ever. And honestly, I can't say I mind. Sure there's been the rare occasion that it would be nice to be able to have someone else feed her for whatever reason, but those occasions are passing and at eight months old, really aren't even an issue anymore. The fact is, nursing my baby has not slowed me down (granted there is the normal altering of old routines that any new child brings to a mother's life). We still go to the beach, restaurants, parks, road trips, and adults-only dates. And truly, it has been this way from the beginning. I was up and out of the house Ella's second day of life. By two weeks we felt like old pros.
I remember the first time I nursed Ella out in public - I was so very nervous. We went to a favorite local restaurant and sat in a corner. I had dressed for the occasion, as it were, and found the whole ordeal to be...easy! Freeing! I must have asked Ben a million times how it looked (always the supportive partner, he gave me all the needed reassurance). I knew from that moment on I could do it anywhere. Sure, there was a learning curve, but I think any incident that I may think of as "embarrassing" was more a matter of me being hyper-aware.
Ella and I are a great team. I quickly ditched any type of nursing cover - what was the point? No one can see anything as it is, and Ella would get hot and focus on pulling the cover off rather than the task at hand. Happily, we now nurse as easy as we breathe - it comes second hand. I feel lucky that Ella and I have come to this ease, because not all nursing mothers can say the same. So if you know a nursing mom, give her a hand - don't judge or lift her cover if she uses one, no scene needs to be made, follow her lead, hand her a glass of water, give her reassurance (if she wants it), and thank her for passing on to her kiddo an awesome gift of love and nutrition.
Welcome to the Carnival of Nursing in Public
Please join us all week, July 5-9, as we celebrate and support breastfeeding mothers. And visit NursingFreedom.org any time to connect with other breastfeeding supporters, learn more about your legal right to nurse in public, and read (and contribute!) articles about breastfeeding and N.I.P.
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This post is just one of many being featured as part of the Carnival of Nursing in Public. Please visit our other writers each day of the Carnival. Click on the links below to see each day’s posts - new articles will be posted on the following days:
July 5 - Making Breastfeeding the Norm: Creating a Culture of Breastfeeding in a Hyper-Sexualized World
July 6 – Supporting Breastfeeding Mothers: the New, the Experienced, and the Mothers of More Than One Nursing Child
July 7 – Creating a Supportive Network: Your Stories and Celebrations of N.I.P.
July 8 – Breastfeeding: International and Religious Perspectives
July 9 – Your Legal Right to Nurse in Public, and How to Respond to Anyone Who Questions It