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#1 of 9 Old 02-01-2003, 04:31 AM - Thread Starter
 
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I have been NIP since ds was born Dec 01, only "covered up" the first few months. So, I have, essentially, been doing this for a while (this is not an area where you ever see someone bf...so this has put me at the center of attention a few times). I am in a college Intro To Sociology class and we are supposed to do a "Norm Violation" assignment....do something against the norm and then write about how you felt and the reactions you got. I decided to do it about NIP and asked the prof first if I could us a past experience or if it had to be a new experience. Has to be new. He commented that I would need to find a new subject since "you probably don't nurse anymore". (well, I got my first reaction LOL). Told him I did still nurse and wondered if it would be alright with him if I brought my ds to class (several hundred people, I sit in the front of the room) and nursed him during the class. He said he would have no problem with that...sounded like a good idea.

Ok...here's the problem...I now have to follow through with what will surely become a story that will be told around campus...nurse in front of a roomful of mostly 18-20 year olds. I really feel like it is important, but damn I am terrified. I could really use some encouragement.

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Well I think that is awesome! You have a great opportunity to educate your classmates. Promise to tell us how it goes, okay?
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You go mama! That is awesome! What an opportunity to raise some consciousness - these are future parents you're talking about!

I can understand being nervous, though. Still, is it any different from nursing in public in some of the other places you've been?

Good luck, let us know how it goes?

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Just think of it as an opportunity to show all those impressionable young people how babies should be fed. Just another important part of their education. Wonder if their parents know just how much of an education they will get


If I were in your shoes I would actually be worried that my dd wouldn't nurse and my project wouldn't work. DD was born 2/13/02 and if she were in a room with several hundred other people she could smile at and look at at and babble too, I think she would be too distracted to nurse (unless it had been several hours since the last time she nursed)

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I can understand the stage fright. I have nursed in some weird places, but not on purpose to educate!

Such as, on a bench at the mall, directly across from another bench containing 4 or 5 teenage boys (the sec guard then shooed them away, which WAS kinda weird, pervy sec guard).

At a laundromat on the only available seat, squeezed in between 2 men.

On an Everglades tour tram, on the bench right next to a snow bird type couple, and the baby was a toddler.

On an airplane to Fla, which was not crowded. 2 flt attendants had been chatting away with me about my obvious pregnancy. After a while, I took my almost 3 yr old to nurse her to sleep. The flt attendants went away quick.

hehe! HTH a little. Good luck, give an update!
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He commented that I would need to find a new subject since "you probably don't nurse anymore". (well, I got my first reaction
This was too funny! :LOL

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That is so cool! I'm sure you will make an impression on these people since most of them have never seen a toddler nursing before. I'm sure that most people (like I did) would think that only granola women breastfeed toddlers. They will probably be surprised when they see you doing it.

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That is awesome!

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