I have nursed in Sacrament meeting a few times. I don't go out of my way to nurse in there, but if there baby is hungry then I feed him/her. My husband is the bishop, so we sit in the second row right in front of him. I never really considered what his counselors thought of it, but I figured if they have a problem they can talk to him.
I have 4 kids. When this 5th baby is born I'd like to know what people expect me to do when the baby is hungry. I think it would disrupt the meeting more to parade out of the meeting with 4 kids trailing behind me. I guess I could get someone to sit with them, but I'd prefer to just sit tight and nurse in my seat. I figure if people have a problem with something I am doing, they can let DH know.
It's a little tough for me at times because I feel so much different than the majority of my ward. We are a pretty good mix of elderly couples, families in the baby-having stage, and new married couples. The majority, if not all, of the new moms are very mainstream. Most of the moms start off breastfeeding, but they don't keep at it for long. I think that is terribly sad considering most of the families having babies right now are the students at the osteopathic medical school. You would think of all people they would know the benefits. There was one other mom who nursed her son for close to 2 years and cloth diapered, but she has moved away.
The rest just try to give me advice on weaning when it gets to 18mo-2 years and I'm still nursing.
As far as I know, we are the only ones that don't circ. There is ONE other cloth diapering mom, so that is nice, but that is where our similarities end. I saw her handing a Babywise book to a new mom several months ago.
I made sure to share with the other mom, the fact that she was also a friend helped, that to follow the schedule in that book would hurt her supply and breastfeeding relationship and that was only the start. I'm pretty sure she ditched the book, because not long after she got the book, she started pumping for whatever reason, got mastitis and ended up in the hospital for 4 days.
Anyway, sorry for the long and ranty post. I just feel very out of place in the parenting part of our ward. The people are all very nice and wonderful. We have a very loving ward, for the most part. They are just uninformed when it comes to things of this sort. I try and tell myself that as the bishop's wife I have the opportunity to be an example, but that doesn't make it easier. I just keep doing what I know is best for my kids and let others feel/think whatever they want. I keep praying for just one family to move into the ward that I can relate to. If I had just one other mother that shared my thoughts on NFL, it would help. Anyone want to move to southwestern Virginia?