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I am going on a cruise in December on Carnival Cruise Lines and plan to still be nursing my baby, who will be about 16 months. I will be going on a 7 day cruise from Miami to Belize; Roatan Island, Honduras; Grand Cayman, Cayman Islands; and Cozumel, Mexico. I am not shy about nursing wherever and whenever my baby wants, but I'm not sure if the law is on my side on a cruise ship and in those four different countries. The ship is Carnival Valor and I don't know what country it is flagged in. Not sure if that makes a difference though.<br><br>
I can't begin to tell you how excited I am to go on this cruise, but I will be so sad if I have to nurse my DD only in our room! She loves nursing and I know she won't have weaned by then.<br><br>
My big joke to the family is that I'll be in my second trimester of pregnancy and nursing still so I'll be able to pack as many calories in my body as possible! <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/orngbiggrin.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="orange big grin">
 

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I cant offerany answers about the legalitys.. but i CAN tell you this.. Dont waste your time in Belize.. its a big crap hole and HOT and HUMID..<br><br>
Good luck.. I am sure you could call carnival and ask them.
 

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We didn't go on Carnival, but I had the same cruise itinerary when my son was 18 months old. I didn't even bother worrying about the NIPing onboard - just did it when it was necessary (though I admit that my kidlet was so excited to be on board that I'd often put him off so that I *could* nurse him in our cabin - in the bed so he'd fall asleep). Only one of the crewmembers was American; the rest were all from countries where nursing is much more common & accepted. The same went for being on dry land - nobody said anything.<br><br>
One thing to keep in mind, though, is that December is a long time off & your nursling's nursing patterns will be quite different by then.<br><br>
Good luck & bon voyage.
 

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Well, on the boat, what are they going to do - dock it and make you get off? Stick you into the little lifeboat and let you drift away?
 

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<div style="font-style:italic;">One thing to keep in mind, though, is that December is a long time off & your nursling's nursing patterns will be quite different by then.</div>
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maybe <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/thumb.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="thumbs up"> my dd still nurses about as often as an average newborn, adn she is 2 years old.
 

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I would definitely call and ask. And then report back here, because now we're all curious!
 

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<div style="font-style:italic;">I would definitely call and ask. And then report back here, because now we're all curious!</div>
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I'd like to know too.
 

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My sis works for Carnival (on board a ship behind the scenes)... she'll be here next week and I'll ask her what she knows. The official word sometimes is different from real life situations.<br><br>
We've cruised twice with dd but she was 2.5 and 3.5 and only nursing to sleep by that point so I can't tell you anything from experience.<br><br>
Also... you have to remember that the majority of the crew are NOT from the US...most are from cultures where breastfeeding is more the norm than here...so you may run into less opposition than you think!<br><br>
I'll post back next week after I ask my sister.
 

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<div style="font-style:italic;">If you ask, you're likely to get the wrong info. Why not just feed your child without asking?</div>
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If there is no rule against bottle feeding on deck, than you should have the same rights to feed your baby.And I seriously doubt there are rules against that. I wouldn't ask...nope.
 

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<div style="font-style:italic;">If you ask, you're likely to get the wrong info. Why not just feed your child without asking?</div>
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I don't think that asking if you can nurse your child will get a good response. They will probably just tell you to do it in your cabin as to not offend any other passengers.
 

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I would get something in writing. I would contact higher ups and if I didn't like the answer I got I would pursue it until I got something in writing from someone high up that I coud agree with. (They may have never thought about it.)<br><br>
You want to be ready for a worst case scenario, right? If you get into a battle with an ignorant (probably) American staffer you can't email headquarters and start a dialogue THEN...you don't want to be harrassed, to feel you have to hide in your tiny room or something.<br><br>
I think you are wise to plan ahead!<br><br>
I might say "please could you clarify your policy, I've heard of so many cases of nursing mothers being illegally harrassed in the news...." for starters.
 

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<div style="font-style:italic;">I cant offerany answers about the legalitys.. but i CAN tell you this.. Dont waste your time in Belize.. its a big crap hole and HOT and HUMID..<br><br>
Good luck.. I am sure you could call carnival and ask them.</div>
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There are no laws against breastfeeding. The only reason there are breastfeeding "rights" is because some fuddy duddies get their panties in a twist over seeing it and now we have to make sure our inherent right is protected. You can breastfeed anywhere you want. Don't worry about it. If anyone complains or makes a negative comment, take it to the management. I'm sure there is nothing in writing anywhere in their books against breastfeeding. If an issue arises, you can be a good impetus for them to get something in writing to PROTECT babies' right to nurse on that cruise line.
 

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Sorry for sounding dumb but I didn't even know there were laws regarding breastfeeding....laws against feeding your baby????? really?<br><br>
I would just do it and assume all is good. They don't have to look at you.<br>
Have a good trip!<br><img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/smile.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="smile">
 

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We love Princess, they are absolutely wonderful...<br><br>
We are going on a cruise again this fall.<br><br>
I never received as much as a dirty look when I was breastfeeding during our travels.<br><br>
FWIW, I also have nursed all over every Disney Park and Universal Studios, too. Never a problem.<br><br>
My dad has been on Carnival, he enjoyed it, but said Cozumel was awful.
 

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We went on a Carnival cruise when ds was 7 months, we didn't have a problem nursing anywhere. Like others have said most of the crew are from other countries so breastfeeding is the norm. I even had our waitress say to me " you are breastfeeding him aren't you? I can tell because he's such a happy baby" <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/thumb.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="thumbs up"><br><br>
Honestly I wouldn't worry or contact people in advance why get yourself all upset.<br><br>
We also did a good amount of nursing in the cabin, like someone else said, to calm ds down, it was an exciting trip. Not because of problems NIPing, there are lots of places on the ship so it's not like you will be "all out" for everyone to see. I think the only place I didn't nurse was at the dinner table (they did those fancy dinners every night)
 

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We were just on a cruise for Mother's day and our Anniversary and I nursed my son anywhere any time he wanted and I am just starting to get good/more comfortable about NIPing. We didn't get a single look at all except for a few smiles. I wouldn't worry about the ships crew at all. Have fun!
 
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