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Breastfeeding Cafe Carnival: Breastfeeding in Public (AKA The Curious Nursling)

Welcome to The Breastfeeding Cafe Carnival!

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This post was written as part of the Breastfeeding Cafe’s Carnival. For more info on the Breastfeeding Cafe, go to www.breastfeedingcafe.wordpress.com. For more info on the Carnival or if you want to participate, contact Claire at clindstrom2 {at} gmail {dot} com. Today’s post is breastfeeding in public. Please read the other blogs in today’s carnival listed below and check back for more posts July 22nd through August 4th!


 

When it comes to nursing in public this mama has no fear. I know my rights, and this is the second time around so I don’t hesitate to feed my child. That being said, breastfeeding in public is not always easy. If you’re looking for some tips and tricks to help you along your journey, I wrote a fancy little article for Breastfeeding Place on this very subject. I hope that you can all find it useful!

Anders is getting to that stage where he wants to eat, but he also wants to be a part of everything going on around him. It’s a challenge, let me tell you.

It’s not that I’m too modest. I assure you that modesty is out of the question. But when the baby demands milk at the mall, but then decides the carousel is cooler than lunch, well, it can get complicated. God forbid you put lunch away because my baby most definitely still wants lunch. Sometime. Maybe. In the near future.

I generally keep one hand free for our nursing in public adventures these days. I use it to cup my breast as it flops around while Anders is trying to decide which option is best. And, man, does he get mad that he can’t nurse upside down like he does at home. So when he pops off and decides it’s backflip time to check out the crazy kids on the monkey bars, I just cup my breast and hold it there while we decide if we’re done for the moment or scheduled to resume shortly.

If you’re one of the innocent bystanders, I apologize for the show. I don’t mean to flash you. I’d rather not if I can help it! I’m sure I look like a lunatic clutching onto my boob flesh like my breasts are going to fly away, but unless you’ve been there you just don’t know what it’s like. If I didn’t have a wiggly, exploring baby I assure you all you’d see is the back of his head. 🙂

 


 

Here are more posts by the Breastfeeding Cafe Carnival participants! Check back because more will be added throughout the day.

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Comments

  1. lol yes yes and YES! finally I just decided “hey, I’m just going to be okay with this” now I play along with his little back bends and distractions and try not to pay too much attention if the boob is out and not attached.

  2. Hi – love your candid story! It is so hard to feed a toddler in public, yet it is the only way to normalize it for all mamas and babies. I am right there with you! I have done the “boob cup” more times than I care to remember recently 🙂

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