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It's Aloha Friday over at An Island Life! Answer my question and make sure you post one on your blog! After that, go relax because today is Friday!!

My question for this week is:

How do you feel about breastfeeding in public?
I'm REALLY modest and have only breastfed Isabella 2 times in public and I definitely had a nursing cover. Today we're going to be outside ALL DAY and I don't want to take pumped milk because it is supposed to be warm outside and I don't want any of it to go bad. I don't mind when other people breastfeed in public at all, but I just hate doing it! I feel like everyone is looking at me. I need some nursing shirts-maybe that would make me feel more comfortable.


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28 comments:

Twincerely,Olga said...

very modest too! Maybe with the right cover up?

Jamie said...

I haven't had to nurse in public much yet but it can definitely be difficult especially since my little one tends to fall asleep when under the cover since it gets dark.

I have a nursing tank from GlamourMom that I like. Otherwise I like the sleep bras better when in public since it is easier access!

Mighty M said...

I am okay with it, but I would try to avoid it too, but I always used a cover up if I did nurse in public.

Rachel said...

I'm modest, too, but am comfortable with nursing in public. After all, breastfeeding is completely natural. I don't use a nursing cover. I just arrange my clothes to cover whatever baby leaves uncovered. I've nursed at the library, restaurants, ball games, weddings, funerals, and more.

TheAngelForever said...

I never felt comfortable enough to nurse either of my kiddos in public. That is just my feelings. I support those that do and think it is fine. Of course, most people are really good about covering up anyway so most people would hardly know what they are doing.zoan

LoveMy2Dogs said...

I think it is a normal thing and as long as you are covered than what does it matter. I feel a little uncomfortable around people who are nursing but I am fine with it. Just don't feed in a restroom. I have seen that also. :(

Jenn @ Beautiful Calling said...

I was very modest with my first and had a hard time being comfortable. Great nursing bras, a couple of nursing shirts (Thyme Maternity) and my own nursing coverup (I made a 1m sq receving blanket and used a diaper pin) made it work for me. With my second, I'm a pro (though I still use all those tools :)

Good luck on your day out!

Jenny said...

I'm not comfortable with breastfeeding at all, that's why I bottle fed. However, it doesn't bother me when others breastfed. That's what boobs are for!

Anissa said...

With both of my children I nursed in public and just used a lightweight blanket to cover them. If people get offended at that, then they have issues!

Sara said...

With my first, I hardly ever nursed in public. With #2, I was whipping that thing out in the mall, at the park, at the Monkey Joe's, WHEREVER. It's the only way I could keep both kids happy without being cooped up in the house all day every day. :)

Whimsical Creations said...

I have nursed in public, but I was covered. I mainly would nurse in the car if I needed to nurse while out.

Joy said...

It makes me uncomfortable.

Sorry.

Erin @ Closing Time said...

I feel the same way! It doesn't bother me at all when other people do it, but always felt self conscious about it!

Katie said...

I'm modest, but I have done it when I needed to. I've done it in the airport & on a plane, and in a few restaurants and at a hockey game. No one has ever said anything, and we have always covered up with a blanket.

Mrs.X said...

I nursed all of my sons and it did not bother me to nurse in public. I never used anything to cover up with because I just didn't feel like that was needed. I was discreet about it and tried not to show too much boob but sometimes the baby would jerk away leaving an exposed nipple. It happens...that's what boobs are for!!! Being around others who are breastfeeding doesn't bother me either.

I did have one time when my oldest was a baby and I was at a pizza place breastfeeding him that a woman came up to me to tell me how proud she was to see such a young mom breastfeeding and she tought it was just wonderful that I was doing it in public. That was the most embarrassing moment I have ever had breastfeeding in public. All the people all around us were now staring at me and the baby I had at my breast....they probably had no idea that I was feeding him before the woman came up and made her loud announcement :o)

Sorry that was so long :o)

Kandi Thompson said...

I don't mind when other people do it at all. I breastfed my twins for a year and a week and I did it "football hold". So for me...breastfeeding in public would have been impossible.

Puanani503 said...

I don't have any problems with other moms breastfeeding in public:) I just can't do it myself, well maybe if I had the right clothing on, I would.

pam said...

First I hope you had a good day, and figured out what works for you.

I was the same way, and would go to the car, or at Sears they had a nursing room, which I loved. There were rocking chairs and change tables. Maybe look to see if there is a nursing room where you are going to be. I think it is great that some moms can do it so freely, I just never got to that point.

~ Noelle said...

I could not do it, but I think if you are comfortable with it, do it...

April Hunt said...

I always used my cover and nursed in public. I wasn't sure how I felt at first but I soon realized she had to eat regardless of my comfort level. I think more and more moms are nursing in public and it's a natural thing!! Don't worry if you get looks. You have the LEGAL right to nurse in public. If it makes others uncomfortable they don't have to look at you!! :)

JamericanSpice said...

Dee I feel the same way you do about it. I think women should do it whenever they wish, but modestly.

I just feel like everyone is looking at me!

This time I'll have a good nursing cover or some oplet clothing.

The Mommy-Files said...

I do it. I just don't flash anybody walking by and try to be discrete.

You do what you have to do, know what I mean?

Jaimin said...

I'm fairly comfortable nursing in public, although, my daughter now has her 2 bottom teeth and has taken to biting, which isn't so discreet when I cry out in pain. :S I have no problem whatsoever when others do it either. I do appreciate a bit of modesty though (nursing cover of some sort). Hope you had a good day! :)

Night Owl Mama said...

I used to be very discret but after 19 months. I just whip it out and let him have at it. I try to cover up of course but he hates it.

Have you ever tried to eat with a blanket on your head?

dddiva said...

Whatever people are comfortable with, I don't have a problem with.

I do know teenagers ARE uncomfortable if it is not done discretely, esp if they are on a date ;) and if there are toddlers one is bound to ask "mommy, why is that baby drinking from her booby?"

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Smellyann said...

I loved it, didn't mind, but usually covered at least when whipping out the boob and putting it back. I always love seeing it though!

Michelle said...

Have you tried a sling with Isabella? People say it is really easy to nurse with the baby in a sling. The twins I nanny for have one of the Hotslings brand, one piece sling and I use it to carry one of the babies around the house if they get fussy and nothing else works. I could really see how you could nurse with the baby in the sling and still be modest. I think the right top for mom is important too.

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