A retraction regarding breastfeeding
A little over a year ago there was a big stink being made in the mom community about a mom publicly nursing her baby at Target. I read all the stories during that time & wrote out my own opinion here on BTBW. But now I have to come to you my dear friends & retract by original post. I’ve done this once before & still believe that one of the greatest things about the internet is being exposed to many varying opinions & arguments for something. There have been many times where I feel I feel one way on a subject & after reading other articles or post I’m swayed to the other side.
Well now I have changed my mind regarding public nursing. If you follow me on Instagram you’ve seen me clutter my feed with nursing pictures of Caspian & I. And not just me sitting on my couch nursing, but me at the Drybar or the pumpkin patch nursing. Areola & all. When I was pregnant with Caspian I saw this funny commercial from Luvs Diapers & got where it was coming from but still felt that there was no reason a mom couldn’t cover up. Flash-forward to today & now I nurse whenever I need to & however I need to.
After Caspian was born I covered up at first but back when the space shuttle made its way through LA we took a trip down to see it. There we are outside with tons of people around & Caspian starts to cry. I get settled in an awkward seated position on the sidewalk & started trying to feed him. He kept pulling off, the nursing cover kept coming undone & finally I just pulled it off. I got Caspian latched properly & everything went smoothly. At his next feeding later that day I started doing the same thing, but again he wasn’t latching & I couldn’t see him. I nursed him open & exposed while a man in a black pickup truck stared. I’ll admit that I was little bit uncomfortable at first but slowly started warming up to it. I talked to Shawn about it & was surprised to hear he didn’t mind. And that’s when I made the decision to forgo the cover up.
Since I’ve decided to nurse in public & free of any cloth like obstruction I haven’t looked back. I proudly nurse my baby & dare anyone to say anything to me. My brothers find it uncomfortable to watch me nurse, but my brothers also where shirts with bikini clad women so I don’t see a difference. In public we have gotten our share of looks. Other nursing mothers have pointed me out to their husbands (?) & teenage girls have laughed. Yet, no one has been bold enough to say anything. The closest I have ever had to possibly considering a nurse in was at the doctor’s office. After an older man was called back for his appointment a nurse quickly ran back out offering me a sheet. I politely declined & went about my business.
My only concern when I’m nursing is if my stomach & or Spanx is showing because titty I’m sure people can handle, but stretch marks & a seal like skin covering my flab is what nightmares are made of.