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post #21 of 57
i'm in cali and theres lots of nip here. i've seen ppl whip it out! i think its b/c the hospitals are required to have LCs which leads to more bf.

we are moving to va and i hope its the same there. :
post #22 of 57
i've only seen one mama NIP here... and she's really brazen, she's like, Super Breastmilk Warrior Woman! she takes her kids out to the park (and *anywhere*, she goes everywhere with them) and if they get hungry she just plops down, lifts up her tank top and nurses them. (she's a really awesome mama too, totally AP, homeschools, etc.)

but... she's the only one. everyone else around here is not only *not* breastfeeding, but most are actively pro-ff.
post #23 of 57
Thread Starter 
Maybe I am just not noticing women NIP....but I do actually LOOK for them! Ever since I had my dd, I have been noticing that I never see anyone, and that got me really paying attention. And I just....never see anyone. Hoping I just have bad luck and there are a lot out there!
Nearly every baby I see when we shop has a bottle in the top of their stroller...sometimes still powdered, waiting to be filled with water.

A bit T but when my dh was working at the mall, he had the opportunity to talk about slinging to a lot of mamas! We had our Maya and dd there sometimes (she and I would go visit Daddy once a day) and he gave them demonstrations! Gotta love a man who slings his babe.... and tries to talk others into doing the same!
post #24 of 57
I occasionally see mamas NIP here in s. louisiana. I went to a lunchtime outdoor concert and a mama next to me whipped it out. It was awesome. Although I know that many mamas FF here, there seems to be alot of mamas that BF too, and aren't afraid to NIP.

I personally have only NIP once- on a fri night in a crowded sushi restaurant in the sling. DH was sitting next to me at the sushi bar and didn't notice :LOL: I usually plan outings around feeding times.
post #25 of 57
I live in Alabama and I see lots of people breastfeeding and know lots of people breastfeeding. Of course it could be the people I associate with. I know a lot of people who breastfeed just a few weeks or until they go back to work. My sister breastfed 5 months and 7-8 months. Two of my neighbors have EBF but not nearly as long as me (19m and 20m). I have one friend who has a 9 m old and is breastfeeding and working. A few other moms breastfed 9m to a year.
The other moms I know and associate with are pretty crunchy so breastfeeding is not anything out of the ordinary.
post #26 of 57
I've never seen another woman NIP. Not one.
post #27 of 57
I'm in N. CA and I've only seen women NIP a couple of times, but dh who gets out and about the bigger city more, says he sees it once in a while.

I have actually gotten LESS discreet over time... if you can't tell what a momma is doing how will you be exposed (no pun intended ) to the normalcy of breastfeeding?
post #28 of 57
Oh, I miss the open nursing of NYC. I nursed on the subway, at the MetMuseum while looking at art, restaraunts, stores, everywhere. We moved to MA recently and I've seen maybe 2 other mommas NIP. Here, I tend to get THE LOOK. Back in NYC, you'd find lots of nursign mommas while out and about.
post #29 of 57
I see moms NIP a lot. Luvmy3boys, I also live in MD near DC. In fact since arriving in this area about 2 years ago, I've only met one ff mom.

I've seen moms NIP at Starbucks, in the parks, at the County Fair, at the bookshop. I must say most of them have been nursing really young babies. I don't see many nursing toddlers, except for my friends.

I don't know whether it's classed as NIP but the moms lounge at the local Nordstroms is always full of nursing moms. Sometimes I haven't been able to get a seat.

I NIP all over the place and in the last 15 months only received one nasty comment at the Baltimore Aquarium. It was strange too cause it was really dark in there and I was sitting on the floor in a corner. Some guy walked past and said 'oh that's nasty'. I had to laugh cause this had to be the most discreet I've been, sitting in a dark corner cause I was trying to get dd to sleep, and someone objects.
post #30 of 57
Thread Starter 
Wombat- what a jerk...I can't believe someone said breastfeeding is "nasty." It seems like the antithesis of nasty to me!
post #31 of 57
I live in Baltimore and we have a TON of LLL meetings here (and in the general DelMarVa area). That said, I have yet to see another woman NIPing here. I see TONS of bottles everywhere I go. So I have to assume that either women are bf-ing in their homes and bottle feeding or going somewhere private when nursing outside the home OR I don't go anywhere that other LLL'ers go.
post #32 of 57
My husband worked with a guy who thought breastfeeding in front of people was nasty even if they were in their own home. I say kiss my When the man realized I breastfed, he was just like "does she do IT in public" and Jeff was like "Yeah, she breastfed all over Disney World" He thought the guy was going to have a stroke. Oh, and we went to WDW bunches and I always saw people NIP. And it was great. I felt very comfortable nursing there, on rides, sitting on the lawn at Epcot, or watching shows. I even had several ladies, much older ladies comment on how great it was to see a "young person" breastfeeding.
post #33 of 57
i see 'em all the time. we live in chapel hill, one of the few other very crunchy areas of NC (and there aren't that many). i'm active in LLL and API so the moms i hang out with almost all NIP. i must admit, though, i'm a little shyer about nursing my 3 yr old than i am my 5 mo old.
post #34 of 57
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Originally Posted by Lucysmama
Mel - maybe you see more because you live in cruchy Cleveland Hts? I live in Peninsula(Akron area) and everyone seems to formula feed ;round here!

Sorry for the delay -- the board being down threw me off. I'm Melinda, Jackson's mama. There are an awful lot of Mel's in our area! I do think you may be right, the further I go East the less commom breastfeeding seems to be. The West seems more bf friendly.
post #35 of 57
I live just outside DC (In Virginia) and I always see nursing moms in the ladies' lounges at the better department stores (Nordstrom, Lord and Taylor, Saks, etc.). You walk in and it's moms and babies everywhere, chatting, nursing, etc. while sitting on nice comfy sofas away from prying eyes and potential rude comments. I think the availability of these places makes nursing anywhere else in the mall a less attractive idea.

I rarely see anyone NIP outside of the ladies' lounges, though.

I grew up in California, though, and people nursed anywhere and everywhere. Much different culture re: breastfeeding.
post #36 of 57
I rarely see NIP around here. Mostly I see babies w/ propped bottles . It makes me want to NIP as much as possible. Perhaps if more women saw NIP, they would see it as normal.
post #37 of 57
Quote:
Originally Posted by NoraB
I rarely see NIP around here. Mostly I see babies w/ propped bottles . It makes me want to NIP as much as possible. Perhaps if more women saw NIP, they would see it as normal.
Ditto! I've seen ONE mom NIP in my small town. Now 30 miles away in Bloomington (home of Indiana University) I see nursing moms some of the time. I mostly see propped bottles everywhere I go.

And yes, it never looks like EMB... my creamiest evening milk has never been the color of formula.

And it so happens that the babies at playgroup are all breastfed... the youngest one to wean since I joined two years ago was a baby who weaned at 11 months. Oldest (so far) was 2.5 I think.
post #38 of 57
Quote:
Originally Posted by wombat
I see moms NIP a lot. Luvmy3boys, I also live in MD near DC. In fact since arriving in this area about 2 years ago, I've only met one ff mom.

I've seen moms NIP at Starbucks, in the parks, at the County Fair, at the bookshop. I must say most of them have been nursing really young babies. I don't see many nursing toddlers, except for my friends.

I don't know whether it's classed as NIP but the moms lounge at the local Nordstroms is always full of nursing moms. Sometimes I haven't been able to get a seat.
How strange as I have never seen anyone NIP any of those places...I saw 2 women NIP (young babies) in a dark corner of the Jefferson Memorial (they were together) a couple weeks ago and I saw 1 woman NIP under a quilt at a shopping mall around Christmas....that's it However, I haven't ever nursed in lounges of restrooms, so maybe that is why I haven't seen too many other nursing mamas : Or maybe you live in a cruchy part of MD? Anyhow, glad to know there are bfing mamas out there
post #39 of 57
Today at my nutrition class, 4 women brought their babies along due to lack of daycare. All 4 babies were in strollers and were not picked up for the entire duration of class, which was 1 1/2 hours long. All 4 babies' cries were ignored or treated with an air of annoyance, and all 4 babies had bottles propped and were left to fall asleep from lack of attention, all alone in those little prisons. I don't which part was worse.
post #40 of 57
A lot of women that "breastfeed" do not NIP. They used EBM or supplement. I know several moms that only breastfeed at home. No wonder so many moms wean before 1 year. They are making it more work.
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