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#61 of 110 Old 09-06-2005, 06:06 PM
 
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with my first I covered up in the beginning, but realized what a waste of time it was! My ds just lifted the blanket off anyhow :LOL

With my second I don't cover up - I do try to keep my 13 month old from lifting my shirt up in public while he nurses though. No need to be showing off too much

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I don't cover-up anymore ... when I first started I was the lady walkin around the store with a babe latched-on and a big blanket awkward and annoying so "I didn't offend anyone". So glad I don't care about that anymore!

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I did not get a chance to read the other thread and the responses to this thread, but I don't bother trying to cover up anymore. I have a hard enough time, trying to juggle my baby, un-clip my nursing bra and get him latched on, w/o having to try to deal with a blanket too. Plus, in ohio they finally passed the new law that protects moms who NIP, so if anyone gives me trouble, I'll just tell them it's the law and my right to NIP.
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I never cover up and never have, I wore t-shirts and a nursing bra and I never had anyone even realize I was nursing after my daughter and I got used to nursing, at least not that I know of. Putting a blanket on seems like it would just scream "I'm nursing a baby, come and tell me all your horror stories." I got enough of the horror story thing when I was pregnant and while we were getting adjusted to nursing.
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Never have covered, not once.

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I always try to be as discreet as possible, but I'd never consider covering up with a blanket!! My shirt (or the fabric in my nursing dress) covers plenty!

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To be honest, I find the whole idea of it weird. I've never seen it done, and never heard about it except on the internet.

It would never occur to me to do it myself.

My thought is how tricky it would be, and how ODD it would look - instead of a woman holding a baby there'd be a woman with a towel on her head. I wouldn't look twice at the first, but I'd stare at the second.
:LOL When I see someone nursing in public here, usually at the mall play area, chances are she's using a cover-up. Not over her head, though! They drape blankets over their shoulders and over the whole baby, which makes it hard to look at the baby or help with latch. It does really draw my attention. I want to tell them they don't have to do that!

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:LOL ah. I wondered why everyone said they couldn't see their child's face while feeding with a coverup - I thought maybe because it was dark underneath (I was kind of envisioning a burqua :LOL ).

A moby wrap makes a great belly hider. I ALWAYS make sure I've hitched my jeans over my muffin tops before I pull my shirt up to unhook my bra.
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nope. The two times I did cover up, I got kicked out. Go figure, huh. Both times at the Mystic Lake Buffet. Only once did security actually escort me out.
: Why would they kick you out? I've nursed at the buffet there a couple of times and haven't had problems. That stinks for you.

I don't cover up either. I think it just draws more attention, and my boys would never keep the blanket on anyway.

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I ALWAYS make sure I've hitched my jeans over my muffin tops before I pull my shirt up
: Me too! I about died when I first heard the name muffin tops! And you should see mine, after all the cake and ice cream I ate this past weekend. :

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Maybe it's my personality, maybe it's my boys but if I try and cover up their faces, they throw a fit. Personally, I feel it draws more attention to you when you have a large square of material covering half your upper body. With just a glance, people know exactly what you are doing! By not using a cover I know many people have passed us or even stopped and chatted with out ever knowing they were nursing.
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very seldom cover up, ds HATES the blanket on his face! sometimes do a little "wall" of blankie curving around the edge of his face, but although it does hide the boob a bit, it is not for the public's comfort, just so that disctraco-boy might finish his meal (everything and anyone will catch his attention right now!!)

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This is , but I totally : when I read Lula's Mom's link to the muffin tops thing. That is hilarious!

Back to the topic now. . . . .

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I never heard the term muffin top til now. Thanks for the info! LOL

No kids yet, but plan on BF, including NIP obviously, when babies are (finally) in my life. Interesting topic. Never even considered the cover-up/no cover-up issue before. Logistically (pulling up top, dealing with bra, latching on, etc.) does it make a difference if you are already a very busty gal?
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I never used a blanket or cover-up. They appear both awkward and overly conspicuous to me. But! My sister was feeding her babe the other day with most of her breast out while standing talking to some guy and I had an overwhelming urge to help her cover up that I had to fight down! But... it was the exposed new mama belly fat that had me anxious to help her out since she was holding baby high, leaving it bared, LOL. I should have the good sense to realize that other people are just seeing the breast hanging out, thank god
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I have breasts that are a little on the large size and breastfeeding is a two handed job for me! There is no way I could even manage a cover up. The only time anyone ever objected was during an emergency feeding on the curb out side of Safeway.
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If I covered up my DS would just pull my shirt up or the blanket off.

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I do not cover up and I am NOT discreet. I also do not think it should be illegal for women to be topless, men are able to.

As for the AZ comments I would be very interested in seeing something more about the law regarding nipple showing and sex offender status. Please let me know, I checked with some AZ friends who know nothing of it but want to know about it.
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I do not cover up and I am NOT discreet. I also do not think it should be illegal for women to be topless, men are able to.

As for the AZ comments I would be very interested in seeing something more about the law regarding nipple showing and sex offender status. Please let me know, I checked with some AZ friends who know nothing of it but want to know about it.
Here are two articles that were in the Arizona Republic(an). I went to the meeting where a very articulate criminal defense lawyer mentioned the indecent exposure law that breastfeeding women are subject to and how an arrest under that law would cause them to be a sex offender. Another meeting is set for later this month and they are working on a "breastfeeding task force" right now (allegedly).

Breast- feeders must cover
> Options given; charges possible
>
> Edythe Jensen
> The Arizona Republic
> Aug. 10, 2005 12:00 AM
>
> Mothers who breast-feed on Chandler city property
> must cover up, go to a private spot or leave if
> someone complains. Refuse and they could face
> criminal trespassing charges.
>
> The rule takes effect this week after the City
> Council made no objections to an "administrative
> directive" from Community Services director Mark
> Eynatten.
>
> Eynatten said he knows of no other Valley city with
> a similar directive or policy.
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> Resident Christia Bridges-Jones was among several
> women who earlier urged the city not to regulate
> public breast-feeding after a nursing mother was
> asked to leave a city pool picnic area this summer.
>
> "I'm flabbergasted that Chandler would take a
> position like this," she said. "It's a basic human
> right that my child be fed in a place where other
> children are fed."
>
> Bridges-Jones said she is taking her cause to state
> lawmakers and is hopeful they will consider
> legislation allowing public breast-feeding.
>
> Eynatten said Arizona law doesn't exclude nursing
> mothers who expose their breasts from "indecent
> exposure" prohibitions, and his directive conforms
> to that law.
>
>
>
> He said city employees must now refer complaints
> about public breast-feeding to their supervisors.
>
> A supervisor will determine if the complaint is
> valid. The supervisor should "respectfully" ask the
> mother to cover herself or offer her a private
> place. If she refuses, she will be asked to leave.
> Failure to leave could result in charges.
>
> Amy Milliron, a Tempe mother who had urged Chandler
> officials to be more flexible, said she plans to
> attend Thursday's City Council meeting and hopes to
> convince members that the directive is bad policy.
>
>
>
> Looks like the meeting is at the Chandler Public
> Library; see http://chandlerlibrary.org/location.htm
> location #1
>
> Councilwoman vows to challenge Chandler's
> breast-feeding policy
>
> Edythe Jensen
> The Arizona Republic
> Aug. 10, 2005 12:15 PM
>
> Chandler City Councilwoman Donna Wallace doesn't
> like the breast-feeding "directive" issued by parks
> officials earlier this week and said she plans to
> seek a municipal law on the subject Thursday night.
>
> "I have concerns over the fact that it has criminal
> penalties for nursing," Wallace said of the
> directive. "Breast feeding all over the world is a
> natural function and a woman's right."
>
> The criminal trespassing penalties would have
> applied only if a nursing mother were exposing her
> breast on city property, if someone complained and
> if she failed to either cover up or move to a
> private location, Community Services Director Mark
> Eynatten said. The directive was not put to a
> council vote and was to have taken effect this week.
>
>
>
> City spokeswoman Nachie Marquez said Thursday's
> discussion has put the directive on hold. Wallace
> said she hopes her proposal will start work on a
> city law, which could go to a council vote in the
> near future.
>
> "I'm glad the council is reconsidering this," said
> Chandler resident Christia Bridges-Jones, who was
> among several women who earlier urged the council
> not to regulate public breast-feeding. The issue
> came to light after a nursing mother was asked to
> leave a city pool picnic area this summer.
>
> "They need to hear the voices of the community and
> know that (the directive) is not in line with the
> community standard," Bridges-Jones said.
>
> Wallace said she has received numerous calls from
> residents who are opposed to the directive and wants
> to hear more from the community, including local
> business owners, before a law is drafted.
>
> The 7 p.m. meeting is at 22 S. Delaware St.
>

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I don't cover up. Every time I try my baby either kicks it off or she rips it off. I just do what I can to make sure I'm discrete only because I am modest and hate my stuff showing lol, not because I care about what others think. My baby's hunger comes first really before their "feelings". My baby runs very hot on her head..so any type of cover makes her poor little head sweat.

I've Never seen a mom do anything obscene when they breastfeed so I'm puzzled why ANY people in public bother women about this. There is much worse on billboards and at the mall that is not breastfeeding related. I think breastfeeding is actually a work of art and I've never been the type that looked at that type of stuff as art.


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bleurae,
The way the law is stated now, breastfeeding could fall under indecency. I'm on the task force with the city to make a recommendation to the counsel and possibly state legislature to change that law. So, hopefully it won't be the case much longer!
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Can't do it, DD won't have it. As it is, she waves my shirt like a flag...

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Can't do it, DD won't have it. As it is, she waves my shirt like a flag...
AND I live in AZ, less than a mile from the City of Chandler border and have nursed on a bench outside of a Chandler Jr High where my DH teaches....

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I don't cover up. I am fairly discrete but not obsessed. I sometimes wrap DS's blanket around my belly because I'm more embarassed about the "flap" I still have than any boobage.

But a full on cover-up, blanket over the head thing? Never in a million years. Haven't, wouldn't. What a pain and how smothering for the poor baby.
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In light of the recent breastfeeding in public debacles, however, I think women might be more scared than modest! In Arizona if the person who catches a glimpse of a nipple/areola is under the age of 18 you could become a registered sex offender.
If anything needs our immediate bf advocacy attention, it is this!!!!!
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I nursed my daughter until she weaned herself somewhere around 4 and a half years old. I don't recall ever caring to cover up unless an icy wind was blowing at the time. There is NOTHING more beautiful than a mother nursing a child. Until our society wakes up from its collective amnesia about that fact, I hope that as many nursing moms as possible resist any directives to cover up what they are doing! They should be proud. All caring people should be proud and pleased to see them.
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I never heard the term muffin top til now. Thanks for the info! LOL

No kids yet, but plan on BF, including NIP obviously, when babies are (finally) in my life. Interesting topic. Never even considered the cover-up/no cover-up issue before. Logistically (pulling up top, dealing with bra, latching on, etc.) does it make a difference if you are already a very busty gal?
I used to be super busty (have since had a reduction) and it was super easy. I never has any problems with my H cups! Actually, I had alot more wiggle room, so to speak. OT but my big boobs let me nurse while sleeping using both breasts without ever having to flip over, if you can see what I mean. Big boobs work great! In fact I wish I still had my big boobs, I am having a few problems this time. First, strain on my already bad back having to actually hold the baby UP to eat (so that's what boppys are for!) instead of them being able to just lay on my lap. And my reserves aren't as big, DS needs to eat all the time, where the other boys could get filled up in 5 minutes flat.

And I'm LMAO about the muffin tops!
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