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Stories on Nursing in Public

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Tuesday, September 26, 2006

The Tacoma News Tribune has a great set of reader letters on the issue of nursing in public. They are overwhelmingly positive and it's kind of fun to read about different moms (or dads) telling about their experience nursing in public. It's worth taking some time to read.

I've been thinking about the issue lately because as with nursing in general, it's not something I ever ended up doing. Since I exclusively pumped, I always fed Elnora by bottle. Thus, it seems odd to think that with my second child, I'm going to have that FTM experience of nursing in public.

To that end, my Hotslings arrived this week. I ordered two off of ebay...partly so that I could carry new baby in it while shopping and can still put Elnora in the cart, but also partly to use for nursing in public. They seem like they'd be fantastic for helping position baby and they can easily be used as a "cover-up" without actually covering baby up like you would with a blanket. I'm pretty pumped to try them out.

Also went ahead and ordered some Lactivist shirts. Since I put the site up right as I was weaning Elnora, I never really had reason to wear them (apart from the milk banking shirts) so I never ordered many. Since I've got at least a year of milk production ahead of me again, I had to order some for the whole family.

Thus, I got "That's my baby's lunch you're staring at," and a "they make milk too!" shirt for myself. Greg (husband) wanted "I play with my baby's food" which I also ordered for him as a hat...and of course I can't leave out baby.

So, I ordered "bon appetit" and "nip/suck" for the little one. If it ends up being a boy, I'm going to go back and order "boob man" as well.

And no, baby isn't here yet. ;) Still another week or so to go I'd guess...

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  1. Anonymous MK | 4:59 PM |  

    I highly recomend Hooter Hiders and Bebe au Lait (they're the same thing) nursing covers. Google them or look them up on ebay. I'm a first time mom to a 5 month old, and I've used mine to nurse in public plenty of times. In fact, I don't think my male waiters could figure out what I was doing.

  2. Blogger Jennifer | 6:54 AM |  

    The issue I have with those is that they look like mom is wearing a big giant circus tent.

    I think they are great if mom is nervous about accidently showing anything, but I can see how they'd also be annoying to mom or baby, especially if it was warm out.

    I do have a nursing cover on its way from a company that I'm supposed to be testing for and writing about here on the blog, they're very similar to Hooter Hiders...so we'll see how it goes.

    I just like the Hotslings for nursing because there's no cover over babies head...someone would basically have to stand right behind you and look over your shoulder to figure out what was going on.

  3. Blogger mamamilkers | 9:57 AM |  

    I'm sorry, but I still take offense to nursing women who are told to "cover up". Even in the one comment, by the man who lived all over the world, that women should cover up with a blanket. I'm guessing that in other parts of the world, women don't throw blankets over them to hide a natural process.
    I would never, ever cover up to NIP. I think it's totally ridiculous. If a mama needs to, for her own peace of mind, then so be it, but we should never feel that we have to.

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