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.

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!


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.


"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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