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Yesterday was my nephew's first birthday. My sister had the party at Chuck E Cheese. There were 3 other parties going on. There were easily 30 kids (plus all the parents). We were sitting up at the front of the table by the stage, in view of the entire restaurant. DD got hungry so I began feeding her. I draped a blanket over part of her (only because she was getting distracted from the dancing and singing mechanical animals on stage). She fell asleep at the breast, but continued to nurse in her sleep as she always does.<br><br>
So there I sat, in front of everyone, nursing dd for what was easily 45 minutes. During that time Chuck E Cheese (in the suit) came out to sing Happy Birthday and dance with all the kids. A pregnant woman caught my eye and gave me a huge smile. Aw, how nice. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/smile.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="smile"> All these children danced and sang in front and around me; all the while I was nursing. Many were curious and kept watching what I was doing and giving me shy little smiles. I couldn't help thinking "These children are getting a lesson in something that is beautiful and natural. I hope I'm ingraining something positive into their precious, sponge like little brains. I am teaching them."<br><br>
It just felt so good. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/img/vbsmilies/smilies/winner.jpg" style="border:0px solid;" title="BFSymbol">
 

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How wonderful!<br><br>
When my dd was about 6 or 7 months old I had to do a school project and needed to bring her along...I was observing a child with special needs with the intent of creating an IPP, so I was in a school-aged classroom in a daycare centre.<br><br>
While we were there, my dd got hungry, so I sat myself in the corner where I could still observe the child but yet was out of the way. I covered with a blanket both to make sure parents coming in and out could not have an objection and also to keep her from getting distracted.<br><br>
Of course, the moment I covered the baby, the children were instantly drawn to me and what I was doing. I explained that I was feeding the baby my milk. The little guy I was observing asked if I was giving the baby a bottle and I said no, I was breastfeeding. The children simply gathered near me and played quietly, occasionally touching her feet (they were sticking out of the blanket) waiting for her to be done so they could play with her again. I loved how normal it seemed to them, not one of the children were being what someone might call "nosy" and they simply accepted that I was feeding the baby. One of the staff members commented that they were suprised that the children were ok with it, and the other staff said "Why wouldn't they be?"<br><br>
It was a great experience.
 

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I'm so glad to hear you had such a positive experience NIP! I had a couple of great moments myself this past weekend and I think it feels great to talk about the good experiences too.<br><br>
My dd is 15 months and is going through a major mama milk phase. When I'm home she wants to nurse very regularly. And now that she can tell me exactly what she wants, (she grabs at my shirt and says, "Nilk, Nilk?" - I just love it!) everyone within earshot knows just what she wants. But with her being a toddler, I find myself a bit more nervous about NIP (eventhough I know I shouldn't give a sh** what people around me think, I have some trepidation and am working on it <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/smile.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="smile">).<br><br>
So my dh, dd and dsd went to a community festival on Saturday and dd got tired and wanted her "nilk." We weren't ready to head home - it was a gorgeous day and everyone was having a blast so I found a shady spot and nursed dd until she was happy again <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/smile.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="smile"> It was great! <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/banana.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="banana"><br><br>
Then later that night we were at dinner with my entire family at Carrabbas (an Italian place here in Phoenix) wishing my sister off in her move to CA for a new job and it was getting late, but our food had just arrived and everyone was having a great time when poor dd got very tired and wanted "nilk" again. She even asked "pleez?" I couldn't deny such a sweet request and knew that it would give her that extra boost to get through the rest of the dinner. So I went ahead and nursed her again, sitting right in front of my two younger brothers nonetheless.<br><br>
Anyway, I suppose I shouldn't be surprised when no one looked at me weird, uncomfortable, etc etc - but it sure felt good!<img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/img/vbsmilies/smilies/carrot.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="carrot"><br><br>
~Candice<br>
Mommy to Mia Bella 1/25/056<img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/dust.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="dust"> and Stepmom to Delaney 8/10/95<img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/lady.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="lady">
 

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That's how I felt the other day when I nursed in front of the 5-year-old neighbor girl who was hanging around at my house. She was intrigued - and now whenever she sees us she asks if ds needs to nurse again. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/lol.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="lol"><br><br>
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how sweet!<br><br>
I love when kids come to watch when I'm nursing DD in public. I was at a mall play area and this 4 year old girl who had been playing with my 12 mo old DD just stood and watched while I nursed DD. She kept commenting "oh, she's so cute" while stroking her arm the entire time I nursed DD.<br><br>
When I nurse DD before I leave her at daycare, these 2.5 year old twin girls always hover around and watch. They are fascinated.
 
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