Originally Posted by alegna
Maybe this mama JUST got up the courage to nurse in public...
Maybe this mama was attacked for nursing yesterday...
Maybe this mama struggled for months to get her babe to latch on...
Mabye this mama FF her last 3 kids and is PROUD to be nursing...
Maybe this mama helped pass the laws that protect all of us nip...
Maybe you ought to worry about yourself, not some other mama.
I hadn't thought about it that way. That is true, I don't know what that mom is going through, or has been through. I'm more than happy to see another mom NIP, and it really encourages me. I have a lot of issues with my own body. I'm not a skinny minnie and it's a challenge to NIP for me. I've gotten really dirty looks for NIP, one particular incident at a restaurant. I hated the way this woman was looking at me, pretty much because she was from Mexico, and the wealthy Mexicans look at BFing as low-class because the poor Mexicans generally can't afford to FF.
The only great thing that happened was that as soon as he was through nursing, and I closed my shirt and pulled down the blanket, he looked over at her while I was burping him and gave her a huge grin, his mouth still dripping with milk.
Oh, and Catlin'sMom, Angela is right. WIC gives out free formula, and these women generally must return to work right away. That, and that's the way their Mothers, Aunts, Sisters, and Grandmothers did things, and they still let their kids CIO and they spank. So, the majority of the young Moms I see are of these parenting beliefs. I live in a pretty closed-minded place.
And the things with seeing breasts, I don't look. It makes me (personally, not judging anyone else) feel uncomfortable because of abuse that occoured in my childhood. I always try to make it to nurse-ins and write tons of letters to advocate BFing. I'm very supportive of BFing. Nothing makes me more sad than seeing a baby being fed a bottle of something that is clearly not BM.
I don't want to argue anymore. Really.
I try to be discreet for my own insecurities. If you have the cajones to do it, more power to you. I, personally, like the tent.. And want to make one myself.