My Breastfeeding Journey: Out and About

I had told myself all through my pregnancy that I would not be confined to the house once my little one arrived.  Don’t get me wrong, I also told myself to take it super easy and slow, recover, get to know my baby and give myself nothing to do other than fulfill my daughter’s needs!  I just knew that soon enough I would be antsy to get out of the house.

Of course, that means I would have to breastfeed in public!  After my daughter and I got comfortable breastfeeding, I jumped right in.  I’ll admit that I was intimidated at first, especially when there seem to be new stories everyday of mothers being harassed and humiliated for such a nurturing and natural act.  I am not the most extroverted person and I was nervous about drawing attention to myself.

As it turns out, I love breastfeeding in public.  Here’s why:

I get to participate.  I have been able to maintain my social life, which was very important to my husband and I.  We had heard so much about losing friends when having a child.  Because I breastfeed in public, I haven’t missed out on the conversations at the weekend barbecue!

I feel powerful. Like the shirt says, I make milk, what’s your superpower?  Being able to meet my child’s need while out and about really makes me a bit giddy.  It’s overwhelming being solely responsible for nourishing this little person, but so empowering to incorporate it into my life and keep living!

It’s just so convenient. A few diapers and my boobs is all my daughter needs on our outings.  I’m glad the number of things I have to pack in the diaper bag is limited.  I already never remember an extra shirt for myself and she always throws up on me!

Freedom and flexibility. My daughter is eight weeks old and feeding on demand.  Trying to schedule outings around feeds would be nearly impossible!  So I just go out.  If she needs food, I feed her.  It’s liberating, I tell ya!

What are your favourite things about breastfeeding in public?

 

4 thoughts on “My Breastfeeding Journey: Out and About”

  1. Yay! I haven’t visited in awhile and I just came to visit and saw the photos and story of her birth, and a bit of your breastfeeding journey; congrats, Adele is beautiful!! I’m so glad your LC experience was positive, and so was your birth. =)
    An LC was instrumental in helping me with my first breastfeeding experience, too. She was awesome (she’s my mom, that helps!! In house LC for the first week or so)…

    My favourite thing about NIP (nursing in public) has to be feeling like I can nurture my kidlet without stopping my life. It is like free cuddles and a sweet reminder of our special bond, and no one even really knows what’s going on, generally, and I don’t have to miss out on anything. For me, this is pretty essential; I have four kids and a husband who works 12 hour shifts, so sometimes if I had to stop life, find a private spot, and breastfeed, my life would be impossible. I would be late picking my oldest kids up from school, or we would have a sparse dinner because I wasn’t able to squeeze in a trip to the grocery store, or what have you. If I didn’t NIP my life would be a LOT more difficult.

    =) Take it easy! Enjoy your babymoon… xo

    1. Thanks Melissa! I am absolutely loving motherhood. I am shocked how true it is that it goes by so fast. Adele is two months old already!
      I appreciate your comments so much. It’s hard to keep up with the blog now that I have this little girl keeping me busy. It is so encouraging to know there are readers out there!
      Here’s to all the NIP mamas!
      Take care,
      Sara

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