I've nursed my daughter in every New England state except Vermont (nothing against Vermont, I just haven't been there since I've had kids ). It is either a non-issue or I have received encouraging comments
I do feel like I am the only person in the world that does it though! Aside from our homeschooling group, the only other time I have another mom nurse in public was over a year ago at Starbucks in Warwick.
As for me...I have 5 babes and nursed all over this country. I will say I never had an issue at all in 7.5 years of almost straight nursing. Not one. Every once in a while I get praise, but for the most part people have always kept to themselves. As for New England...compared to the West coast (where I have lived as a parent the longest) you do see more bottles. Come to think of it back west I had a wide array of friends (ultra super-duper crunchy to pretty mainstream) and they all breastfed. It is just something you "do" there. (even in baby class where most mamas were NOT crunchy...they all nursed) Before I had kids I worked at a daycare in downtown Seattle and almost each and every single mama nursed and pumped..and most came back at lunch to nurse...and this was near 10 years ago
But honestly I nurse here and never even thought about not NIP and never really noticed one way or another if others are or aren't. Maybe I have been nursing so long (close to a decade after Aya weans, i'm sure) that it just doesn't worry me like it used to. We are in RI too.
The one comment that was told to me (and was soooo funny!) was at the homeschool potluck (Danielle...you should have been there, it was hilarious). This little girl (maybe 5?) was all over me b/c of my babe and we were hanging out w/ her and I pulled out my breast to nurse. She looked at me w/ wide, shocked eyes and asked "is your baby sucking your boob?!" I explained and she was pretty impressed seeing it in action (her mama is having another baby and they have been talking about it since she really hasn't been around other nurslings). Later that day she said "I wish Aya was my baby so I could feed her and she could suck on my boobs" :