Shy girl nursing in public

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Nursing where? Anywhere.  I am not a breastfeeding mom yet (still have six months to go in my first pregnancy), but I feel very involved in the breastfeeding world.  I am surrounded by friends and family that have made breastfeeding the norm for me. Given their positive experiences, I can’t wait to experience it myself.  I know I will breastfeed in public: it seems unavoidable unless I want to stay in the house for six months.  And why should it be avoided? Unfortunately, I can’t help feel a little nervous of getting my first stare, or perhaps even glare.  I want to be proud to nurse my child in public, but even more I wish I didn’t even have to think about it at all.  It shouldn’t be an issue.

The more women breastfeed in public, the more normal it will be.  I want to feel comfortable doing it and that has to come from me.  It will be my attitude and confidence, knowing that I am doing the right thing, which will help me get over that first stare/glare.

I’m a shy girl.  I don’t like attracting attention.  But neither of these traits will deter me from breastfeeding in public.  I’ve been giving nursing shirts as baby shower presents for years.  I hear again and again stories of how discreet and easy a simple shirt can make this process. My friend Caro, one of my lucky gift recipients ;), was at her husband’s softball game with her six week old son when she ran into a friend. “She didn’t even realize I was nursing while talking with her” my friend Caro was telling me the other day. There are other accessories for breastfeeding that encourage and facilitate breastfeeding in public as well; I am obviously partial to nursing shirts.  I think we should do whatever it takes to get us out there, nursing in public. I believe it should be normal, although apparently it’s not as there is news everyday of women being asked to leave places because of breastfeeding.  That has got to stop.

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– Sara @ Momzelle



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5 thoughts on “Shy girl nursing in public”

  1. I love that you are already a confident nursing mama, and your babe isn’t even earthside yet 🙂 Congrats on your upcoming arrival – and many positive thoughts that you’ll never experience a stare or glare.

  2. Congratulations!

    I hope that you won’t have to deal with those uncomfortable looks from bullies! From my own experience I found that more people glared when I covered up- I guess they assumed that they would have more of an effect on me if i wasn’t even confident enough to breastfeed openly. I haven’t gotten any bad comments or glares since uncovering and have actually got treated more normal, even from mothers who formula fed! Best of luck, and congrats again!

  3. Nursing shirts are great. I used to have a nursing dress for special occassions and nursing shirts for going out in public. I’ve also nursed in public with regular shirts and bras, so a nursing shirt isn’t a requirement, but it really does make it easier (especially when I don’t want to “show off” my stomach!)

  4. Good for you! I think it’s so great that you’re already such a strong supporter and promoter of breastfeeding even though you haven’t had the blessing of nursing yet. And good for you for being willing to nurse in public even though you’re shy 🙂 You’re doing the world a great service!

  5. Thank you for all the support! I really appreciate it. I am certainly hoping for this kind of positive reaction in public!

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