With my first daughter, she didn't nurse until she was 6 months old (read our nursing story). I didn't have too many opportunities to NIP (nurse in public) but when I did, I almost always covered up (until she started throwing the blanket off, at which point we gave up on covering). BUT, I DID nurse her. I wouldn't have ever considered refusing my child sustenance because we were out in a public place. I do have to admit though...in the early stages of our breastfeeding career, I did nurse her in a bathroom one or two times. I realized fast though how completely gross that was...the germs? EW! No thanks, and stopped pretty quickly. If you want to cover for yourself (heck, occasionally even now I still cover-read Megz confession Hiding at Home) that's one thing, but to hide or even worse, to refuse your child their food because of what some of society tells us is just...I'm sorry, but it's just wrong. It's one thing if you desire a private place to nurse because of an overstimulated baby or your own personal reasons, but please don't do it for the sake of others.
Why do I NIP? First and foremost, because my baby needs to eat. And if YOU can eat in public, then certainly my daughter can as well, whether it's from my breast, a bottle or a plate. But it's not just that. I admit, when I NIP, I'm hoping that I'm normalizing nursing. I'm hoping that someone sees me and thinks, oh wow, if she can do it, then so can I! Am I sitting down and yelling out to everyone "Hey! Look at me! See? See my breasts! I'm nursing!!", um NO, but aside from feeding my child, I'm also doing a quickie one woman protest. Nursing in public is not about my right to NIP, it's about my childs right to comfortably eat whenever and wherever she needs and wishes to eat. And I feed my child from my breasts. 'Nuff said.
|NIPing at the Mall of America|