We always pulled over and just figured feeding time into the driving schedule.
Were there times the kid was screaming for a few minutes until we could get to a stopping place? Sure, but unstrapping him/her from the car seat was *not* an option in my mind for the reasons some pp's have related in horrible detail. I know some folks have brought up extreme circumstances such as traffic jams, but the OP stated that she did this often
If you can't bf while the baby is restrained in the seat (I can't either), and you anticipate not
being able to stop for feedings for some reason, then why not pack some EBM in a bottle? I know, I know, not all babies will take a bottle (including my ds), but many will. I'd at least try
it. They sell little bottle warmers for the car if you find yourself in this situation frequently.
Bottom line, I just don't buy the justification for nursing a baby in a moving vehicle. So what if "other cultures" don't think it's so important? We know that it *is* important if you travel on US roads.
|funny this comes up here...... I am on a local AP list and was completely shocked when numerous moms confessed to not strapping their babies into carseats when they were crying because it was so "un-AP" and cruel.
Mama2kyla, I had a similar experience. Not with a group of people, but with a woman I know IRL who is very AP, child-centered, etc. I was *shocked* to see her drive away from a playgroup with her very young children standing up in the back seat! I find it hard to get past that with her. We were never more than aquaintances, and it'll probably never go farther than that because I now have a hard time respecting her as a parent, KWIM? While I *highly* disagree with breastfeeding an unrestrained baby in a moving car, I can see what would drive someone to do it, and probably wouldn't loose respect for someone over that. But that was not the case here -- she was the one driving (the only adult in the car). She just didn't buckle them in!