Carnival of Nursing in Public as "Crème de la Crème" posts. I'll be posting a few at a time so you can look at them at your leisure. If you feel so moved, please click over, read the whole post, and leave a comment in support of the writers who participated in the Carnival.
- BethStedman.com, Nursing in Public: A Little Story: Beth from bethstedman.com relates a story about her first experience traveling with her then 7 month old child. Sadly, she was asked to cover up by an airline attendant, and was later offered a "family restroom" to nurse in by someone in the airport. Beth writes:
Personally I think it does feel like there is something wrong in our society when a momma feels uncomfortable and ashamed for naturally, freely and openly feeding her baby. I can see how if you had enough experiences like my little story and you didn’t have support from family and friends around you it would be easy to choose not to breastfeed at all or to stop earlier then you had originally planned. I can understand why “according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, approximately 70 percent of mothers start breastfeeding immediately after birth, but less than 20 percent of those moms are breastfeeding exclusively six months later.”
The choice to nurse or not to nurse is each mother’s personal decision, but wouldn’t it be great if we lived in a society where women really could freely make that decision. Where if they wanted to nurse they wouldn’t be made to feel uncomfortable for openly feeding their baby whenever they needed to and where ever was most comfortable for them.Read more about Beth's story.
- A Beatnik’s Beat on Life, Courage: Erin shares a story about how a friend's confidence in nursing her own child in public helped Erin feel comfortable to do the same. Erin says:
Let me tell you something: the way she did this was probably the coolest thing I have seen in a long time. For me, when I feed Kairi in front of people, I feel like I should warn them first. I know that I shouldn't have to, that people SHOULDN'T be uncomfortable with a nursing child but the sad fact is that people just aren't used to it. But for her, it was a no questions asked, just do it kind of thing, like it was the most normal thing to possibly do. (AS IT SHOULD BE!!!)Read more about Erin's story.
- Mama Cum Laude, No Need to Hide: In a misguided attempt to make Lindsey "comfortable" while breastfeeding, a shopkeeper gave her a damp dishtowel to cover her nursling. Thankfully, that experience is a rarity for Lindsey and many other breastfeeding mothers. Lindsey explains:
When I walk out the door in the morning, I don't expect neighbors or passers by to stop and gawk at me-- an occasional friendly smile or a "good morning" is much more likely. This is generally the case when I am out in public with my children. I don't expect to be confronted about nursing. I go about my day. I mother my babies.Read more from Lindsey.
Stay tuned for more Crème de la Crème posts!