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DS 10/09 DS 2/17/11 Blessing #3 sometime 2/13
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Amy, wife to Paul 5/20/01, SAHM to Daniel 5/23/07, Claire 7/15/09, and Elaine 9/4/12
Surviving sleep deprivation one day at a time with dd (Oct '11) & ds (Oct '08).
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Unassisted birthing, atheist, poly, bi WOHM to 4 wonderful, smart homeschooling kids Wes (17) Seth (10) Pandora Moonlilly (6) and Nevermore Stargazer (3) Married to awesome SAH DH.
i did make sure to keep my flabby gut covered, though, but the boob could hang out all it wanted for all i cared.
My personal theory is that the moms who NIP w/o covers are so matter of fact about it combines with the fact that almost no one expects to see a woman nursing (gasp) with out a cover (shock and horror) that the average person never sees the uncovered NIP-ing that's taking place right under their noses. Therefore people think covers are necessary, because surly NIP w/o one would cause a stir. They only see covered mamas nursing since a cover is a big sign shouting "NURSING HAPPENING HERE"
Kristy, wife to Josh proud mama to Katie: since 3/08 and Emma since 8/12.
Canadian Mama to E 6yrs and I 3 years
Someone new coming August!
I do have a cover. I use it if we're somewhere potentially distracting (a mall, a lively party, an outdoors event) because it's otherwise impossible to get DS to stay on task! But I don't normally wear it. Especially if it's hot outside!
Alicia, wife to an loving and faithful DH, and mama to three fantastic though nutty children (cs, then a fast HBAC, then a fast VBAC!!). Planning a third VBAC, again at home, in February 2016.
Jen-loving Bill, mama to Teryn 18, Kalyn 16, Ricky 13, Natalie 5, Angel Zoe '07 and Amelia Rae 22 mos bonus kids (dss) W 14, W 13 NEW grandbaby due 10/10/11
I don't use a nursing cover. In the early days I needed to see. Now there is no chance DD would cooperate. I tried a couple of times with a blanket when DD hit the distraction phase and she absolutely refused to use it.
DD mostly covers my breast even though it is large. If people catch a glimpse here and there it just isn't the end of the world.
But, I still wouldn't want to. I want to help normalize breastfeeding.
I have seen 2 women at LLL meetings (separate meetings) cover-up.
Mom, wife, full-time student. And tired. DH, DS#1 (9/99) and DS#2 (9/09), and 2 dogs.
But - I think covering is often a regional thing, a new-nursing thing and or a religious/conservative thing. Combine that with a consumer-driven culture that's sexualized breasts and you see a lot of covering.
I do have nursing clothing for when I feel the need to be really discreet. I just took my baby to a work outing and while I'm comfortable nursing in front of strangers and my friends, my male co-workers were another matter - that and it was questionable if the baby should have been there. But it was the baby or the breastpump and I thought the baby would be more fun.
I mostly wear nursing tanks. I have a few where covering would be redundant. They literally show NO skin (these, if anyone is interested).
Otherwise it sort of depends on where I am, who I'm with, who is around, and how I feel that day.
But I never completely cover. I usually sort of pull whatever carrier I'm using up over her body, up to maybe her chin. I'm not actually covering her head, or really hiding anything, but I imagine that it makes the people around me feel a bit better.
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