When DS was only 4 or 5 weeks old, I was sitting in my living room nursing him and someone knocked on the door. I thought it might be my neighbor; they were doing construction on their house and we had offered them the use of our bathroom while theirs were out of commission (they did the same for us when we were building our house). So I gathered DS in my arms and carefully walked to the door, keeping him latched on. When I opened it, a very surprised looking woman with a handful of Jehovah's Witness literature stammered, "Oh, ummm...you have a brand new baby...what a wonderful blessing...well, I won't keep you...I'd just like to give you these pamphlets to look at." I took the literature, thanked her, and she left quickly.
I've done the back seat of the car thing too, but DS was rear-facing. Forward-facing sounds really hard!
In the last two months (DS is now 25 mo):
Sitting on the floor of the childrens' section of a large bookstore, while playing peekaboo around the end of a display with someone else's toddler.
Standing up and holding DS (had forgotten my sling) in the middle of a crowded farmers' market while talking to a friend I hadn't seen in several years and a couple of my neighbors.
I've never felt uncomfortable NIP before, but now that DS is two - and tall for his age and verbal, requesting "na-na" in all sorts of places...I feel like I'm getting more looks from strangers who seem to think he is too old to be nursing and I'm more self-conscious about it. Recently, in a restaurant, two women were staring at me, whispering to each other, then staring again as I nursed DS at our table. This thread is helping me remember that the wonderful thing about nursing is we can do it anywhere
- and there are lots of mamas out there who do! Thanks!