I didn't make a huge scene of it. I didn't announce to everyone, "HELLO EVERYONE I'M ABOUT TO PULL OUT MY BOOB SO MY SON CAN HAVE HIS MEAL!!!" In fact, no one noticed, and the locals we were hanging out with continued their conversation with me like nothing happened.
Well, my mom walked up and flipped out, grabbed a blanket and covered me up... I pulled the blanket off - granted we were in the shade but it's in the high 70s low 80s out there and I don't need DS suffocating on me. Pulling off the blanket was apparently the wrong thing to do cause she said, "Modesty, Jacqueline!"
My sister gave her a dirty look and said, "Marshall's gonna get really hot."
Me, "There are more naked women out here than me right now..."
Mom, "But you need to keep you're modesty!"
Sister, "I don't get it... You're feeding your baby..."
Mom, "It's the principal of things. Boys are going to check her out."
Sister, "Her jugs are huge already - they'd be looking anyway. I don't think her breastfeeding is going to turn them on."
Me, "Hey you never know "
Sorry to tell the whole story - but would you have done otherwise? I mean I'm 50/50 on covering up - if it's cold I cover up... but DS really doesn't like to sweat underneath the blankey...
How often do you cover up?
BTW, I am a very modest person.
I used to cover up DS but it was a pain in the butt. I've never covered DD.
Oh, and I think your sister is HILARIOUS! "Her jugs are huge already"
I don't ever cover up and wouldn't. I've nursed on the beach too in a bikini. I had a whole group of neighborhood kids watching me nurse ds (2 at the time) last summer during break time at a splash pool. I figure it's likely the only nursing a big kid they'll ever see. I didn't totally expose my whole breast or anything, but screw modesty.
Frankly, it doesn't bother me to see a mom covered up (though if I saw you under a blanket on the beach I would have felt sorry for you since I knew you were hot). If I see a mom nursing w/o a cover or with one, I'm just thrilled to see her nursing at all!
And yeah, covering up seems to attract more attention, doesn't it?
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I never cover up. We've nursed on a couple beaches and never had so much as a glance, knowing or unknowing, approving or disapproving, at any time/
Feed your baby. If you are uncomfortable and want to cover up or leave the room (Like, I'm thinking maybe at church, or if you're cold, or whatever) you do it. But because YOU want to, not because you're afraid someone might look or someone might not approve.
And minding one's own business is a much more important virtue than "modesty"
Perfect! that is my new, more polite motto for the spring (much nicer than my previous motto of "scr*w you! I'm feeding my kid!" Thanks!
I have tried it from time to time in situations where there was too much going on for dd to focus on the task at hand, but it had to do with getting her fed, not hiding it from the people around us.
I have a strong sense of anti-modesty. I feel like a failure if I give in to societal pressures such as this.
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DD2 12/09 & DS1 12/09
For covering my fat midsection, I just wear a nursing tank under my t-shirts & my flab isn't hanging out...I actually feel worse showing that off than flashing a little extra boob when latching!
Have you seen the surfer boys who walk around with their swim trunks so low you can see two inches of their buttcracks and even a few pubes? THEY don't care if you nurse. LOL
-T, Wife and Best Friend to R 3/2005; Mommie to E 8/2007; and G 3/2009
I nursed dd sitting on a tire full of cement holding a sign in the parking lot. My back, belly were showing and everything. Ya know, when they need to eat, they need to eat! It was a little drafty, but I just figure I wasn't showing anything a bikini or halter top wouldn't show...as long as dd kept my nipple in her mouth! :
Mama eventually turned up from a different part of the bank and let us in the car.