Friday, October 8, 2010

The Joys of Nursing in Public #3

Today we are happy to host a guest post by Ashley. Ashley Scott-Fisher is a Birth & Postnatal Doula and mumma to two gorgeous little people! Here is her nursing in public guest post.
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We had just gotten to the children's play area in the park. As my two-year-old daughter ran off to play, I heard the familiar sound of my newborn son trying to tell me he was hungry.

I had only breastfed in public a few times, and I was still very nervous about doing it. It was a sunny summer day, the park was packed, and there were no seats on the benches. I first tried to calm my son by walking around (he was in his sling on my front) - this only worked temporarily, and after a few minutes he started to really cry in hunger.

So I made a decision: I am going to feed him, right here, standing up! I pulled up my top, and as I attempted to latch him on in the sling, a nearby mother called me and said "come and sit over here, you should have asked us to move - your baby has every right to eat his lunch!"

It was such a small thing, but it meant so much. I fed my son - in public! - and I felt confident and accepted while doing so. I just wish ALL mothers could feel like that every time they breastfeed in public!

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Despite the fact that negative nursing in public experiences get the publicity, more women receive the kindness and thanks from strangers for making breastfeeding a normal sight.
We want to share your positive stories so that other breastfeeding mothers and mothers-to-be will be inspired and encouraged to N.I.P. If you have a positive N.I.P. story, please contact us. We will include them in the series and credit you, your site, or post it anonymously if you so desire.

2 comments:

"I just wish ALL mothers could feel like that every time they breastfeed in public!"

Me too! And good for you for NIP, we (nursing mothers) need people like you making a difference for us all!

Anytime, anywhere!

Good for you!! I have 4 children and I nursed all of them in public when necessary!!! I was always modest but some people still get uncomfortable around you...if they do, that's their problem! =)

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