I was out at Panera with a good friend a few days ago, I nursed my baby, UNCOVERED, right there at Panera. I was proud of myself, and TOTALLY self conscious that someone might SEEEEEE SOMETHING! Not to mention, Chase Racer was being a total boob...at the boob...on and off, on and off. Whatever. That's not the point. Later, as we were packing up to leave I saw a woman nursing her baby and I ALMOST stopped.
Why didn't I? I don't know! Frankly, what do I say? "I love that you're nursing your baby here, I'm a nursing mother too, and I appreciate that you are doing it in public as well!" I don't know...if someone said something to me, I'm weird, i would be so shocked I wouldn't know how to respond. This happened to me with cloth diapering not all that long ago, in fact. I was changing the Chase Racer in a Border's bathroom, and a woman stopped and said "Oh! You use cloth diapers! THANK YOU!" She was very enthusiastic about it...but I was so shocked that someone 1: was talking to me in the bathroom (big no-no in my neurotic BS book) and 2: was so enthusiastic about the diapers my son used that I had NO response other than to smile and nod...I then felt like a TOTAL jerk for not saying something!
So, if someone approached you while nursing your nursling in public and thanked you for nursing in public...what would you say? What would you do? How would you feel?
If you are not nursing, would YOU commend a woman in public for nursing in public, or even for just nursing in general? What would you say? What response would you expect, if any? Additionally, this woman was using a cover...would you take that to mean she's trying to be discrete and leave her alone or would you still say something if that's what you would have done otherwise?