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NIP-How's it going?

post #1 of 10
Thread Starter 

Fosston nurses about every hour or two so I end up nursing every time I go out.  I don't use a cover cuz I feel like it draws more attention and I want to normalize it.  So far I've had two women come up to me and say they are glad to see me nursing in public and they have fond memories of nursing their little ones.  Unfortunately I've also had a dad with his little girl give me a dirty look and shake his head at me.  I live in a pretty breastfeeding friendly state and we have great laws protecting us so I feel pretty good about taking a stand if I have to but I don't know if I'm ready to.

 

How is it going for everyone else?  New moms, are you getting used to it?  Experienced moms, do you every feel totally comfortable?  Has anyone had a really good or bad experience?

post #2 of 10

i dig it. and it's my favorite thing about living in guatemala right now.... people are suuuuuper cool with it. it's so normal, so easy. it's something i'll definitely miss when i head back to the US in a few months. tho i'll be heading back to school in NM and i think in the community i live in there is pretty chill on NIP, too. but here is just soooo nice and it's so normal :)

post #3 of 10

It's completely normal where I live but I have lived in so many places and have breastfed in public all over including nursing older toddlers.

post #4 of 10
It's not that common in my area and I admit, it still makes me nervous. That hasn't stopped me at all because I'd rather be nervous than have a hungry baby. I don't use a cover but depending on where I am and what I'm wearing I sometimes use a receiving blanket to block any excess boob that's in view! We've done a lot of travelling by car and airplane in the last 3 months so I've had no real choice but to learn to suck it up and nurse in public pretty much anywhere smile.gif
post #5 of 10

I go out often with a bunch of mamas from my prenatal classes, so we're usually a group of 4-5 who are NIP...I pretty much dare anyone to complain about it!

 

Depending on where I am I sometimes cover up with a blanket, but usually not.  It bothers Aoife to have her head covered while eating.

 

No one has commented or complained to me so far.  Sometimes I feel a bit awkward, but I'm getting used to it.

post #6 of 10

So glad to see that others from my DDC are "doing it" and having no problems! :-) Yeah for normal feeding of infants!!!

 

We just moved to Germany, and I have been NIP-ing all over town, but it's getting cold now so we are a lot more covered than I am used to.

 

We also live on a military base for the time being, and I find it super strange that all these women who say they are breastfeeding all have bottles for play groups or doctors appointments. So far I haven't seen anyone else NIP on base, all are bottle feeding even teeny newborns. That said I haven't noticed any weird looks and no one has tried to stop me, so it's all good as far as I know.

 

I am far too lazy to remember to pump, and do the whole bottle thing to go outROTFLMAO.gif

post #7 of 10

it's going good for us, I use a cover, but that's just for my own comfort, and Asher seems to like it, I think he might get too distracted to eat without it.  I haven't gotten any weird looks or anything, but I also pump, and every once in awhile I'll put a frozen bag in his diaper bag if I know we'll be out all day, just in case he gets hungry and we're somewhere where I can't readily drop everything and nurse, for example, yesterday, I was helping my sister move a couch, and in the middle of the drive he got hungry, so she was able to give him his bottle in the back seat since I was driving. He likes the bottle too, he really takes it both ways, and he doesnt have a preference for hot or cold, we discovered yesterday

post #8 of 10
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DH sometimes doesn't even notice that I'm BFing so I guess I'm getting pretty good at it even without a cover.  I was at a La Leche League meeting the other day and one of the women gave me a card that said something like "thank you for nursing in public" on one side and the MN state laws on breastfeeding in public on the other.  I would love to start handing those out.  Although I can count on one hand the number of moms I've seen BFing in public.

 

post #9 of 10

No cover for us, just use my hair lol!, I try to not care about people looking or whatever. I just hope if they do, it might stir up a positive thought or natural appreciation somewhere in them. The negative peeps can basically get on with their day and I wish em luck in their sad lives. Sounds kinda harsh, but i mean it's like liquid gold and it's what boobs are meant for, so if they have a problem...they are their own problem. People get worse when my nurslings turn into toddlers, even my family gives me the look.

 

guatemamacita...where in new mexico are you going? so lovely there, great natural parenting communities too!

post #10 of 10
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Originally Posted by stellabluz View Post

No cover for us, just use my hair lol!, I try to not care about people looking or whatever. I just hope if they do, it might stir up a positive thought or natural appreciation somewhere in them. The negative peeps can basically get on with their day and I wish em luck in their sad lives. Sounds kinda harsh, but i mean it's like liquid gold and it's what boobs are meant for, so if they have a problem...they are their own problem. People get worse when my nurslings turn into toddlers, even my family gives me the look.

 

guatemamacita...where in new mexico are you going? so lovely there, great natural parenting communities too!


 

in las cruces, nm ~ das where i do my skoolin! :)

 

i like your "negative peeps can basically... liquid gold..." statement. hear, hear!

 

 

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